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PSNI given more time to quiz suspects over Portadown murder

Cecil Robert R Ellis
Cecil Robert R Ellis

By Staff Reporter

Police were yesterday given extra time to quiz two suspects in the murder of father-of-two Cecil Robert Ellis.

Mr Ellis (49) - who was known to friends as Foggy - was found dead in his Portadown home just before 10am on Monday, December 9.

Police released a picture of Mr Ellis in a bid to jog people's memories if they had information. Detectives are keen to trace his last movements from the Sunday before he was found dead.

Following a post mortem and receiving what police described as "critical information", a murder investigation was opened and two men were arrested on Saturday.

It's understood that the alarm was raised by neighbours who noticed a large amount of blood on the doorstep of his terraced house in Clounagh Park.

Yesterday, police were granted an extra 24 hours to question the men, aged 18 and 24.

The death sent shockwaves through the local community, with neighbours saying they assumed no foul play was involved until they saw the large police presence in the area over the weekend.

Mr Ellis was described by neighbours as "quiet and harmless".

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan from PSNI's Major Investigation Team said: "At this point I would also like to thank the local community for all of the invaluable information they have provided to my detectives to date.

"However, we still need people to get in touch and tell us what they know so we can establish exactly what happened.

"We are releasing an image of Mr Ellis in the hope it will spark a memory in someone and bring forth some information that could assist our investigation.

"If you were in Clounagh Park between 10.30pm on Sunday, December 8, and 9.45am on Monday, December 9, please search your memory and think back on what you saw or heard during that time.

"You can get in touch with the investigation team by calling 101 quoting reference number 414 of 09/12/19.

"Alternatively information can also be provided by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Mr Ellis' death notice said that the "much loved father of Rebecca and Billy and a loving brother of Barbara" died suddenly at home. His funeral arrangements have yet to be confirmed.

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