Boxer Carl Frampton lends support to search for missing north Belfast man Michael Cullen

Carl Frampton adds his support to the search for missing north Belfast man Michael Cullen. Picture by Hugh Russell
John Monaghan

FORMER world champion boxer Carl Frampton has offered his support to the search for missing north Belfast man Michael Cullen.

At a press conference in Belfast ahead of his showdown in April with former four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire, Frampton posed with a t-shirt adorned with the message "#HelpFindMichaelCullen".

Mr Cullen (33), from the North Circular Road area of north Belfast has not been seen for more than a week. He was last in contact with his family at around 2.15pm on Tuesday January 9.

Since his disappearance searches have been taking place in the Cave Hill area, where he was a regular walker.

The Boucher Road area of south Belfast, where his phone was located last Tuesday, is also an area of focus.

An award-winning beatboxer, Mr Cullen works as a research officer for Ulster University.

His family have appealed for him to get in touch.

Mr Cullen's brother, Daniel, told The Irish News that the family have been "blown away by the support" they have received.

"We are just taking it day by day. We are urging anyone to come forward and speak to us," he said.

"It is just critical at this stage to have CCTV or dashcam footage from around the Lisburn Road or Boucher Road. These little clues will help us find him."

Meanwhile, a prayer for Mr Cullen's safe return is to be offered at 6.15pm Mass tomorrow to celebrate the Mother of Perpetual Help Novena in Clonard Monastery in west Belfast.

An Garda Siochana has also issued an appeal for information.

Michael is 5ft 9in tall, of slim build with brown eyes, dark hair and beard.

It is believed he is wearing a green parka style jacket, grey jumper, black trousers and black trainers.

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