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Parents of missing Co Down man Pat McCormick plead for help to find body

Vanished: Pat McCormick
Vanished: Pat McCormick
Brett Campbell

By Brett Campbell

The distraught parents of a murdered Co Down man have appealed for help in finding his body as Crimestoppers offered a £10,000 reward for information.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery, who is leading the investigation into the disappearance of Pat McCormick, yesterday read out a statement on behalf of the family: "We as a family are heartbroken and devastated at the loss of our Pat.

"We ask for further help and information to bring him home for a proper burial that Pat and us deserve.

"Please pass on any information that you know to the police or to Crimestoppers."

Police believe the 55-year-old was murdered some time after 10.45pm on May 30 in or near a flat in Comber as a direct result of a "change in lifestyle".

CCTV footage shows him walking down Castle Street and passing under an archway that leads to a block of flats. Mr McCormick, originally from Saintfield, has not been seen since.

Police have previously speculated that a wheelie bin may have been used to remove his body from the property.

Inspector Montgomery also appealed for information about the movements of a blue Ford Transit van that was seen travelling along the Old Ballygowan Road in Comber at around 2pm on May 31, which they believe to be significant.

Police also revealed that Crimestoppers has taken the "unusual step" of offering a £10,000 reward for anyone with information which leads to the discovery of his body.

Inspector Montgomery also urged the public to "look out for Pat's distinctive mobile phone flip cover" which is black with red stripes. Police are also keen to locate his iPhone SE which they assume to be broken or smashed.

Inspector Montgomery refused to elaborate on the details of a phone call the father-of-four made to police prior to his disappearance. He also refused to say how exactly his lifestyle had changed before he vanished.

Mr McCormick's parents also thanked the PSNI and all those who have volunteered in order "to get justice" for their son.

Inspector Montgomery said police never have to know the identity of anyone who can provide information which leads to the discovery of his body.

"Pat's family deserve to have his body back and give him a proper funeral," he added.

"They deserve to be able to say goodbye and lay him to rest.

"I am hoping this reward provides an incentive for anyone who knows where he is to bring that information forward to police or to Crimestoppers where you are guaranteed absolute anonymity."

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