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Police appeal after Steven Conlan is found dead on road

By Lesley Houston

Published 25/01/2016

The scene on Coalisland’s Mountjoy Road where father-of-three Steven Thomas Conlan was found dead on Saturday
The scene on Coalisland’s Mountjoy Road where father-of-three Steven Thomas Conlan was found dead on Saturday
Steven Thomas Conlan (44) was found dead on the road on the outskirts of Coalisland early on Saturday morning

A man who died in a suspected hit-and-run incident on a secluded country road in Co Tyrone was a highly-regarded father of three.

Steven Thomas Conlan (44) was found dead on the road on the outskirts of Coalisland early on Saturday morning.

A 35-year-old arrested in connection with the death was yesterday released on police bail pending further enquiries.

He was arrested after Mr Conlon was found dead following a collision at Mountjoy Road in Killeen, a small village near Coalisland, at around 4am on Saturday.

It is thought he had just left a friend's house and was walking the short distance to his home at Lakeview Road, Killeen when tragedy struck.

A lorry driver for O'Neill Transport, based in Strabane, Mr Conlan has been described as a "bubbly man" known by everyone in Coalisland who "was always the centre of attention".

Mr Conlan was separated from his wife Sharon and had two girls, Catriona and Carla, and a boy, Michael. Yesterday, PSNI Inspector Neil Beck said officers were continuing to establish the circumstances of Mr Conlan's death.

"I would appeal to anyone who was travelling in the area and who may have noticed anything which could assist our enquiries to contact police in Dungannon on 101."

Officers are also calling for any witnesses who may have been near the crossroads at Coole Road and Lisaclare Road to come forward.

Sinn Fein Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill knew Mr Conlan and his family.

"He was a great character. Really, really well got by everyone who knew him. There wouldn't be anybody around here who wouldn't know Stevie.

"He was great craic and had a great laugh," she said.

"The local community in Killeen is in shock following this tragedy and my thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of this young man at this sad time."

Joe O'Neill, a Sinn Fein member of Mid-Ulster Council, said Mr Conlan, who was his mother's cousin, was "a lovely lad".

He added: "I just feel devastated for the whole family. Steven was a great supporter of our party."

Mr O'Neill said he last saw his second cousin just a fortnight ago.

"He was a really bubbly person and was always the centre of attention," he said. "He was a great character."

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