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Missing Armagh man may have been murdered

Senior PSNI officers believe that a missing Northern Ireland man may have been abducted in the Republic and then murdered.

An appeal is being made this week by detectives for information to help them trace the whereabouts of Armagh man Leslie White (69), who vanished after travelling across the border to Monaghan last November.

White was due at the time to face trial in relation to a drugs haul worth more than £200,000 in Co Offaly.

He was earlier linked to a number of criminal investigations, including machinery and vehicle thefts. During an earlier term in prison White was attacked by dissident republicans and severely scalded with hot water.

It emerged yesterday that the police are planning to make a nationwide appeal on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme for any information that can help pinpoint White's last movements.

It has been claimed he was linked to alleged drugs trafficking with a notorious Northern Ireland-based drug gang prior to his disappearance, and sources have claimed he was murdered in the Republic and his body dumped.

The PSNI is appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 0845 600 8000 or on Crimestoppers — 0800 555 111.

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