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Man arrested in Mark Gourley murder investigation

Published 03/05/2016

Mark Gourley went missing in 2009.
Mark Gourley went missing in 2009.

Detectives investigating the murder of Mark Gourley who went missing from Glengormley seven years ago have arrested a 50-year-old man in Carrickfergus.

Mark (36) was reported as a missing person on March 7, 2009.

He was last seen in the Burney’s Lane area of Glengormley at around 2.30pm.

Police said Mark was a vulnerable individual and was on medication at the time of his disappearance and launched a murder investigation in 2013.

His body has not been located.

A 50-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday morning in Carrickfergus and has been taken to a police station in Belfast for questioning.

Detective Inspector Darren McCartney said: “I am appealing to anyone who may have information about Mark’s disappearance or who may have seen Mark on or after 7 March 2009 to contact police.

“Previous appeals for information did generate reports of sightings but the last definite sighting of Mark was at 2.30pm on 7 March 2009 in the Burney’s Lane area of Glengormley. Mark did not have a mobile phone or a significant amount of money with him when he disappeared.”

Although Mark was last seen in the Glengormley area, he was from Castlemara in Carrickfergus and he may have returned to that area on 7 March 2009.

Police are asking for anyone who may have noticed vehicles or individuals acting suspiciously in either the Burney’s Lane area of Glengormley or in the Castlemara area of Carrickfergus around 7 March 2009 to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

Mark was 5ft 9ins tall, weighing between 10-11 stone and described as ‘well-built’. Mark had short dirty fair cropped hair and an eyebrow bolt in his right eyebrow. He was wearing a black zipped jacket with a grey motif on the back of the shoulders, dark Umbro tracksuit bottoms, black trainers and may have been wearing a blue Glasgow Rangers woollen hat.

DI McCartney added: “I believe there are people in these communities who have knowledge of what happened to Mark. Today’s police activity is proof that police are continuing to investigate what happened to him.

"Additionally, people may have heard rumours about what happened to Mark. I would appeal to them to share this information with police. If anyone has information about him, I would ask them to examine their conscience and come forward to police. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by telephoning 0800 555 111.”

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