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Wales murder suspect 'may have looked for work in Northern Ireland'

Published 28/08/2015

David Ellis leaves a ferry in Belfast, as detectives are trying to trace him in connection with the murder of his landlord Alec Warburton (PSNI/PA)
David Ellis leaves a ferry in Belfast, as detectives are trying to trace him in connection with the murder of his landlord Alec Warburton (PSNI/PA)

A man wanted in connection with a murder in Wales may have sought accommodation or work in Northern Ireland.

Detectives have been trying to trace 40-year-old David Ellis since his landlord disappeared in July.

Officers believe 59-year-old Alec Warburton from Swansea may have been killed and have been following up possible sightings of his tenant in Belfast.

Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley from South Wales Police said: "Since our previous appeal for information we have followed up a number of possible sightings of him since he arrived in Belfast.

"I once again appeal to anyone who has seen Mr Ellis since his arrival in Belfast to come forward. He may have looked for a lift, for accommodation or for work."

Mr Ellis travelled by ferry from Birkenhead in Merseyside to Belfast on August 6.

He was seen to disembark at 6.58am wearing a checked shirt, jeans and cap, carrying a distinctive holdall and rucksack.

Police believe he took a taxi from Victoria Terminal to Great Victoria Street bus and railway station in Belfast city centre.

Further sightings of someone matching Mr Ellis's description on a train at a railway station are also being investigated.

Mr Hurley added: "Any piece of information, no matter how small it may seem, could prove crucial in us locating Mr Ellis."

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.

The senior detective said they were working with colleagues in the Police Service of Northern Ireland and North Wales as part of the man hunt.

He added: "I also appeal directly to David Craig Ellis to contact the police as I believe that you hold the information we need to establish the circumstances of Alec Warburton and assist his family in locating him."

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Wales Police incident room on 01792 562732 or the non-emergency 101 number.

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