Pat McCormick murder probe images of blue van released
Police in Northern Ireland have released images of a blue Ford Transit van they wish to trace in relation to the murder of 55-year-old Pat McCormick.
Detectives believe the father of four was murdered on May 30. A CCTV camera captured grainy images of him driving his car in Comber, Co Down, before he was spotted on foot.
The footage shows Mr McCormick walking down Castle Street and passing under an archway that leads to a block of flats.
Land and water-based searches took place on July 5 involving officers using specialist victim recovery dogs.
Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery, who is leading the investigation, said the PSNI would like to trace the whereabouts of a van with the registration number JLZ1672 and distinctive silver wings.
He asked motorists and pedestrians to think back to the following specific dates and times:
- On May 30th at approximately 23.30 heading country bound on the Killinchy Road. Did you see this distinctive van with the silver front wings? Where did it go?
- On May 31st at around 08.15 in the rear car park of Supervalu . Did you see the van parked up here? Did you see the driver? Did you see anyone at the van or any activity at the van? Later on at around 10.15 did you see it on the Killinchy Road heading in the direction of Lisbane. Did you see where it went? I need to ascertain where this van went.
- And later that day at around 14:00 did you see it travelling on the Old Ballygowan Road in Comber? Again, I need to know where this van went.
The Detective Chief Inspector said he also wants people to look out for a mobile phone cover which belonged to Pat.
"I would also like to make an appeal for people to look out for Pat’s distinctive mobile phone flip cover – black with red stripes. I’ve released an image of an identical cover. His iPhone SE still remains unaccounted for too. It could be broken, smashed or in pieces.
"Pat’s family deserve to have his body back and give him a proper funeral – they deserve to be able to say goodbye and lay him to rest and I am hoping the £10,000 reward from Crimestoppers will continue to provide 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. I will never know who you are.
"Pat’s family are completely heartbroken and devastated and they need to get some closure. Anyone with information about the investigation or the whereabouts of Pat should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
Belfast Telegraph Digital