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Murder hunt switches to Ulster after tenant seen on ferry

Published 21/08/2015

David Ellis was last seen leaving a ferry in Belfast
David Ellis was last seen leaving a ferry in Belfast
Alec Warburton was last seen on July 31
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is working with South Wales Police in a bid to find David Ellis

A man wanted in connection with a murder in Wales is being hunted by police in Northern Ireland.

Alec Warburton, 59, from Swansea, was last seen on July 31. Detectives believe he may have been killed and are trying to trace his tenant, David Ellis, who was last seen leaving a ferry in Belfast.

Mr Ellis, 40, travelled by ferry from Birkenhead in Merseyside to Belfast on August 6, according to South Wales Police.

Detective Superintentendent Paul Hurley said: "Mr Ellis's whereabouts in Ireland are unknown. He may have friends, associates or family in Ireland offering him accommodation. We appeal to anyone who has seen him to come forward."

Mr Warburton was reported missing from his home in Vivian Road, Sketty, on August 2 having been last seen a few days earlier. Detectives are carrying out a murder investigation.

Neither Mr Warburton nor Mr Ellis have been found.

Mr Warburton's car, a dark green Peugeot 205 has been located at Birkenhead and undergone full forensic examination, police said. Earlier it had been driven to the Betws y Coed area of Wales.

Police said: "Further enquiries have confirmed that Mr Ellis travelled on the Stena Line Lagan ferry from Birkenhead to Belfast on the 10.30pm crossing on Wednesday August 5 which docked at Belfast at 6.30am on Thursday August 6.

"Mr Ellis was seen to leave the ferry at 6.58am that morning when he was wearing a checked shirt, jeans and a cap, carrying a distinctive holdall and rucksack."

Mr Hurley, of the South Wales Police Specialist Crime Investigations Team, said: "Our investigation and search for Mr Warburton and Mr Ellis has extended from Swansea to North Wales and now to Northern Ireland where we have deployed officers to work alongside the Police Service of Northern Ireland to carry out inquiries."

He added: " I appeal to anyone who has seen Mr Warburton or Mr Ellis to contact the police. I appeal directly to Mr Ellis to come forward. as I believe that you hold the information we need to establish the circumstances of Alec Warburton's disappearance."

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