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Social media campaign launched as concern grows for missing singer

Singer/songwriter Stephen 'Stevie' Martin, known as Rainy Boy Sleep, who was last seen in Derry three weeks ago
Paul Ainsworth

A social media campaign has been launched to help locate a popular singer/songwriter who has been missing for three weeks.

Stephen ‘Stevie' Martin, who performs under the moniker Rainy Boy Sleep, was last seen in Derry in July and friends and family have become increasingly concerned for his well-being.

The 29-year-old, who was nominated for best solo act in the 2011 NI Music Awards, is thought to have travelled from Derry to his home county of Donegal.

His Audi car was found parked at Fanad Lighthouse.

Last seen with a shaved head and facial stubble, Lifford-born Stephen is described as six foot tall, with brown hair and a slim build.

In a bid to raise awareness of the search for Stephen, who has performed at the Glastonbury Music Festival, the PSNI in Foyle have started a ‘#FindStevie' social media campaign.

The hashtag is being shared on Twitter and Facebook, including among fellow musicians.

London-based pop band X&Y tweeted: “Please spread the word about #FindStevie. Super talented guy.”

Twitter user and fan Jezzax_j wrote: “Spread this like wildfire esp if ur in the Derry/Donegal area. Such a sound guy and beautiful songwriter #FindStevie.”

A PSNI spokesman said: “If you have any information or you wish to make contact with police or his family, you can do so by ringing 101 from any phone.”

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