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Murder investigation launched after disappearance of Co Down father of four

Pat McCormick - also known as William - went missing last week.
Pat McCormick - also known as William - went missing last week.
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

Police have launched a murder investigation and arrested two people following the disappearance of County Down father of four William McCormick.

Know as Pat the 55-year-old was last seen in Comber on Thursday evening, May 30.

"Whilst I’m keeping an open mind, I now believe that Pat has sadly been murdered," Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery said on Tuesday evening.

"Ever since he was last seen five days ago, Pat has not been in contact with his family."

A 26-year-old man and 20-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping on Monday. The woman was also held on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

They were both rearrested on suspicion of murder on Monday and remain in custody after a court granted police an additional 36 hours for questioning.

Mr McCormick is described as being 5' 3" in height, of medium build, with short dark brown hair.

“Pat was a father of four and his family deserve to know what has happened to him," Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery continued.

"Today, I’m making an appeal for information about the circumstances leading to Pat’s disappearance. I want to speak to anyone who saw Pat in his car or walking in the Comber area on May 30.

"I want to know if he was with anyone? Where did he go? I am also asking if anyone has saw Pat, or had contact with him, since May 30 to let us know.

"I would appeal for anyone who has any information surrounding Pat’s disappearance to contact detectives at the incident room at Musgrave Street on 101. We would also like to hear from anyone who captured any dashcam footage in the Comber area on Thursday 30 May from around 8pm until midnight.

"Alternatively information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

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