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Nothing found in fresh search for missing man

Detectives searching a property as part of an investigation into the disappearance of a man 10 years ago have found nothing untoward.

Gerard Conway was last seen in the Cookstown area at the end of January 2007.

He was reported missing a short time later, but despite extensive inquiries by police over a number of years, no clues as to his whereabouts have been discovered.

Detectives from the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch searched an address at Battery Road in Ardboe, Cookstown, on Wednesday.

They said the search followed new information provided to the investigation team.

Specialist resources were deployed, including victim recovery dogs and a ground penetrating radar device.

A PSNI spokesman said "nothing untoward was found" during the operation.

Mr Conway was 32 when he was reported missing on January 25 2007.

Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Talbot, leading the investigation, said Mr Conway's disappearance "continues to cause heartache and uncertainty for his family and friends who are heartbroken at not knowing what has happened to him".

"The passage of time has not eased this pain and I would appeal for anyone with information to get in touch with the police," he added.

Following his disappearance police checks were extended to the Republic of Ireland and to England.

Police have CCTV footage of Mr Conway at a bank in Cookstown on January 25 2007 and there were sightings by people who knew him in late January and early February.

In the immediate aftermath of his disappearance, there were unconfirmed sightings in the Magherafelt, Toome and Ballymena areas.

Previous widespread search activity of the countryside around Cookstown, using dogs and aircraft, was unsuccessful.

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