Northern Ireland

Pat McCormick: Further searches for County Down man

Image caption Volunteers helped search the Ballydrain Road outside Comber

Police have carried out further searches on Saturday around the Comber area of County Down for a missing man who is believed to have been murdered.

Pat McCormick, a 55-year-old father of four, was last seen in Comber on Thursday 30 May.

Saturday's search was land focused, with police investigating "main routes in and out of Comber".

A previous search saw police divers enter a lake in the wetlands beside Strangford Lough.

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Image caption Pat McCormick, who is originally from Saintfield, has been missing since 30 May

Specialist victim recovery dogs were used as part of the operation.

Officers were assisted by 23 members of the Community Search and Rescue Team who searched paths off the Ballydrain Road outside Comber.

Image caption Police carried out an underwater search wetlands beside Strangford Lough on Friday

Mr McCormick, originally from Saintfield, was last seen on Castle Street in Comber at about 22:30 BST on Thursday 30 May, driving his black car.

CCTV footage released by the PSNI shows Mr McCormick crossing Castle Street and walking through an archway.

Image caption Main routes in and out of Comber have been searched

Police have said thousands of hours of CCTV footage have been gathered as part of the investigation.

They have also spoken to about 100 people.

On Saturday, DUP councillor William Walker told BBC News NI that Mr McCormick was "well known in the area".

He added: "I just hope Pat's body can be recovered and returned to his family."

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Image caption CCTV footage shows Mr McCormick crossing Castle Street and through an archway

A man and woman in their 20s were arrested last week on suspicion of Mr McCormick's murder, but were later released on bail pending further enquiries.

Two other men arrested as part of the investigation were also released on bail.

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