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Man (26) and woman (21) rearrested in William McCormick murder probe

Detectives believe Mr McCormick was killed in or around the vicinity of flats in Castle Street, Comber (stock photo)
Detectives believe Mr McCormick was killed in or around the vicinity of flats in Castle Street, Comber (stock photo)

By Cate McCurry

A man and woman have been arrested for a second time by police investigating the murder of a father-of-four in Co Down.

The arrests come two days after police divers found William 'Pat' McCormick's body in a lake. The 55-year-old was last seen alive in the Comber area on May 30.

The 26-year-old man and 21-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday morning in the Comber area.

They were being questioned by detectives in Musgrave Serious Crime Suite yesterday.

The man and woman were previously arrested on June 3 and were released on bail pending further enquiries.

Mr McCormick's body was found in a lough in the Ballygowan area on Tuesday afternoon.

The PSNI had launched a murder inquiry following Mr McCormick's disappearance.

An anonymous tip led them to conduct searches in several lakes in the Ballygowan area over three days prior to the discovery.

Detectives believe Mr McCormick was killed in or around the vicinity of flats in Castle Street, Comber.

On Wednesday, Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery, who is leading the investigation, encouraged the person who provided the information to come forward to speak to him directly - though he said he would respect their decision if they chose not to.

"First and foremost, my thoughts are with Pat's family as they come to terms with this," he added.

Mr McCormick's wife, Alison, issued a statement of thanks through the PSNI.

"I would like to thank the Comber community for all their help and information that they have given police to help recover Pat," she said. "Myself and his four children are truly thankful."

Police have conducted 38 searches to date and spoken to 235 witnesses. A number of other people have been arrested during the course of the investigation, all of whom were subsequently released on bail pending further enquiries.

Police are keen to trace the movements of a blue Transit van, reg JLZ 1672, with distinctive silver wings at the front, during the days when Mr McCormick disappeared.

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