Northern Ireland

Mark Gourley: Man released in murder inquiry

Mark Gourley, from the Castlemara estate, was reported missing in March 2009.
Image caption Mark Gourley, from the Castlemara estate, was reported missing in March 2009

A 50-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the murder of County Antrim man Mark Gourley has been released from custody unconditionally.

He was detained in Carrickfergus on Tuesday morning and taken to a Belfast police station for questioning.

Mr Gourley, from the Castlemara estate in Carrickfergus, was reported missing in March 2009. He was last seen in the Burney's Lane area of Glengormley.

In 2013, police investigating his disappearance began a murder inquiry.

'Sightings'

At the time of his disappearance, he was described by police as a "vulnerable individual" who had been on medication.

His body has never been found.

Det Insp Darren McCartney appealed to anyone who may have information about Mr Gourley's disappearance, or who may have seen him on or after 7 March 2009, to contact police.

"Previous appeals for information did generate reports of sightings but the last definite sighting of Mark was at 2.30pm on 7 March 2009 in the Burney's Lane area of Glengormley," he said.

"Mark did not have a mobile phone or a significant amount of money with him when he disappeared."

Two men, aged 45 and 43, were arrested in Carrickfergus in April, but were later released on bail pending further inquiries.

Mr Gourley was about 5ft, 9" tall, described as well-built, with fair, cropped hair, and an eyebrow bolt in his right eyebrow.

At the time of his disappearance, was wearing a black, zipped jacket with a grey motif on the back of the shoulders, dark Umbro tracksuit bottoms, black trainers and may have been wearing a blue Glasgow Rangers woollen hat.

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