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Murdered William McCormick's body 'may have been removed in wheelie bin'

William ‘Pat’ McCormick
William ‘Pat’ McCormick

Police investigating the disappearance and murder of William McCormick have said they believe his body may have been transported in a wheelie bin.

Mr McCormick, also known as Pat, was last seen walking down Castle Street in Comber at around 10.45pm on Thursday May 30.

The father-of-four's disappearance was initially treated as a missing persons case, but it was quickly changed to a murder inquiry after police reviewed the evidence.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery has said that one line of enquiry being pursued by police is that Mr McCormick was killed in a block of flats the night he went missing.

He said that police believe his body may have then been removed from the flats in a wheelie bin.

“Experience tells you, if you want to take someone away from a potential crime scene without coming under notice, you could use a wheelie bin,” Detective Chief Inspector Montgomery told UTV.

“Equally you could use a sports bag or a quilt cover, things like that, but obviously I need to explore the possibility of whether a wheelie bin has been used and if it has, I need to find it.

“So I’m asking if the public in Comber come across a discarded wheelie bin or if you’ve had one stolen I would like to know about it.”

Further searches for Mr McCormick took place in Comber on Wednesday, police said a number of items were recovered along the river.

Detective Chief Inspector Montgomery told UTV that he believed the items could assist with the murder investigation.

On Tuesday police confirmed that Mr McCormick made a phone call to them on the day that he vanished.

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.

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