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Family won’t give up hope for NI chef (39) missing in Holland

By Lauren Harte

The family of a Co Down man who has been missing in Holland for three weeks say they haven't given up hope of finding him.

Connor Murphy (39) from Newcastle has been living in Amsterdam for the past three years, where he works as a chef.

He was last seen in the Oudeschans area of the Dutch capital between 1am and 2am on Sunday, January 13.

Mr Murphy had been visiting a friend the day before and left in the early hours, but has not been seen since.

The Murphy family say his disappearance is totally out of character.

His worried siblings Alison, Matthew and Rebecca have been travelling to and from Amsterdam in the hope of tracking him down.

With the help of Connor's many friends, they have also been appealing for help on social media.

They have created a Facebook group and hashtag #letsfindmurph, using his nickname.

Family and friends have spent many days handing out flyers, sticking up posters, contacting various hospitals, hostels and homeless shelters, making media appeals and retracing Connor's last known steps.

A JustGiving page has been set up to help pay their expenses, such as travel, accommodation and posters and flyers.

Appealing for information, Matthew said this week: "For Connor to be missing for this length of time is very strange. He could be anywhere in Holland and we just want to know that he's OK.

"Our mother is hanging in there, just like the rest of us, and remaining positive."

Rebecca, who is due to marry later this month, last heard from him on January 11.

She said: "As the days go by this just gets harder and harder. This is really out of character.

"We are banging on all the doors and not getting any answers.

"I don't know what else we can do to find Connor.

"We have searched Amsterdam with a fine tooth comb but still hold out hope of finding him. There is a huge amount of love for Connor and he is so lucky to have such a good network in Amsterdam."

Family friend Rick Hazlett added: "It's Amsterdam and there's a lot of canals, so you never know, he could have fallen in or maybe been attacked.

"We just have nothing at the minute, so we are appealing to anybody who has seen or heard anything from him to please come forward.

"It's extremely worrying. You feel like you're living in a nightmare and wondering when you're going to wake up."

Connor is 5ft 7in, with short, shaven ginger-brown hair and green-blue eyes.

When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans, a grey hoodie, a multi-coloured cap and was carrying a distinctive blue and yellow Puma shoulder bag.

Dutch police have issued a missing person appeal for him. Officers have been helping in the search by checking CCTV across the city and regularly scouring the canals, but have so far found nothing.

Amsterdam police's Frans Zuiderhoek said the chance that Connor had fallen in a canal is small.

"We have in any case excluded that. He may still be staying somewhere, but we do not have any trace of him," he added.

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