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New lead as search continues for murdered Co Down man McCormick

Police divers conduct an underwater search for William ‘Pat’ McCormick
Police divers conduct an underwater search for William ‘Pat’ McCormick
William ‘Pat’ McCormick

By David Young

New information has been received by police investigating the disappearance of a Co Down man, a senior detective has revealed.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery was speaking yesterday as an underwater search was carried out for 55-year-old William McCormick, known as Pat.

He was last seen in Comber on May 30. Police believe he was murdered.

Two weeks on from his disappearance, police carried out a media appeal and traffic stop in Comber. Mr Montgomery said that, as a result, they have received new information.

Mr McCormick was last seen walking down Castle Street in Comber at around 10.45pm on May 30.

The 55-year-old's disappearance was changed to a murder inquiry after police reviewed the evidence.

Police sources said that officers had visited 137 premises and retrieved CCTV from each.

In some premises, police had downloaded up to 96 hours of footage.

Mr Montgomery revealed that police had conducted 15 searches in Comber and spoken to around 100 people, which had also provided new evidence.

Police were still trying to locate Mr McCormick's clothes, his iPhone SE and his Ben Sherman watch, the officer said.

Yesterday, police searched a lake and wetland on the outskirts of Comber in the search for the missing father of four.

The underwater search with a specialist team was carried out at Castle Espie Wetlands.

It is understood that a "significant route search" will be carried out today in the Comber area with the help of the Community Rescue Team.

Earlier, in a direct appeal to those responsible, Mr Montgomery said: "I have no doubt that in your life you have faced grief and buried love ones. I want you to think of Pat's family."

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