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Murdered William McCormick phoned police on day of disappearance

William ‘Pat’ McCormick
William ‘Pat’ McCormick

Murdered Co Down man William McCormick phoned police hours before he disappeared.

Police have confirmed that Mr McCormick, also known as Pat, placed a call to them on Thursday May 30.

The father-of-four was last seen walking down Castle Street in the town at around 10.45pm.

In a statement PSNI Area Coordinator Chief Superintendent Peter Farrar confirmed that police had given "advice" to Mr McCormick.

“On 30 May, police received a call from Mr McCormick prior to his disappearance and the police gave advice over the phone regarding the call,” he said.

Mr McCormick's disappearance was initially treated as a missing persons case, but it was quickly changed to a murder inquiry after police reviewed the evidence.

PSNI officers carried out searches in the Ballygraffan Road area and of Comber River on Tuesday, while an underwater search team has been tasked to a lake just off the Lisbarnet Road.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery, who is leading the investigation, thanked the Comber community for providing "valuable information" to detectives.

"I would continue to urge anyone who was in the Comber area on the evening of Friday, May 31, or the following morning and who may have any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact detectives," he added.

“On the night of Pat’s disappearance, he was wearing a beige jacket, blue jeans and brown brogue shoes. If you come across discarded clothing matching this description or Pat’s iphone SE or his Ben Sherman watch with brown strap and a black face - please contact police."

A watch the police are trying to find
A watch the police are trying to find

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