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Martin Kelly: New police appeal over man missing for 10 years

By Rachel Martin

Published 01/01/2016

Missing: Martin Kelly
Missing: Martin Kelly

Ten years on from his disappearance, detectives investigating what happened to Co Down man Martin Kelly are renewing their appeal for information.

Martin, who was aged 21 when he went missing was last seen in the docks area of Belfast on New Year's Day 2006.

He had been working part-time as a barman while on his last year of his plumbing apprenticeship.

His family described him as "a confident and friendly outgoing character" who "would give anybody the time of day".

Mr Kelly, from Kinnegar Drive, Holywood, was last seen by friends on Garmoyle Street in south Belfast on New Year's Day in 2006, when he and friends went to Pat's Bar in the Sailortown area to watch a football match.

Martin, who is described as being around 6ft and of slim build with short dark hair, was wearing a black Guinness T-shirt and blue jeans on the day he was last seen.

Police said Martin's friends left while he stayed in the bar talking to other customers. He left at about 7.10pm and has not been seen since.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Reid of Belfast city policing district added: "Officers would appeal to anyone that may have information in relation to Martin Kelly's whereabouts to contact detectives at Musgrave on 101 or alternatively information can be provided through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 08 0055 5111.

"If anyone is uncomfortable contacting either of these organisations, they can also speak confidentially to registered charity Missing People on 116 000 and quote reference number 06-000428. 

"Police remain committed and determined to discovering what happened to Martin and to bringing closure to his family.

"Detectives will continue to follow up on all new lines of enquiry and on any new information."

Detective Chief Inspector Reid added: "Police investigating Martin's disappearance carried out searches on land and on the water and deployed the diving team and air support team in these searches.

"We have also undertaken extensive enquiries, but despite conducting a wide range of interviews and reviewing all available CCTV relating to the incident, Martin has not been located."

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