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Family appeal for missing Co Down man Connor James Murphy, last seen in Amsterdam two weeks ago, to get in touch

Connor James Murphy, from Newcastle in Co Down, has not been seen since he left a friend's house in Amsterdam in the early hours of Sunday January 13. Picture by RJ Mur/Facebook
John Monaghan

THE family of a Co Down man missing from his home in the Netherlands for the past two weeks have pleaded with him to get in touch with relatives or friends.

Connor James Murphy (39), who works as a chef, is from Newcastle but has been living in Amsterdam for three years.

He had gone to visit a friend in the Nieuwmarkt area of the city on Saturday January 12 and was last seen leaving the district between 1am and 2am on Sunday January 13.

His brother Matthew and sisters Alison and Rebecca have been in the Dutch capital this week handing out leaflets and putting up posters and have appealed for the public's help in locating him.

They say the family are "worried sick".

"Connor moved to Amsterdam a few years ago because he had a job to go to and he liked the lifestyle of such a vibrant city. He has a good circle of friends over here from home too," Alison Clarke said.

"We last heard from him on January 11, when he had been in touch with Rebecca about getting his passport sorted to come home for her wedding in a few weeks' time.

"There was a reported sighting this week but we can't be sure it is him. We are just taking it day by day and hoping for the best."

Ms Clarke added: "Connor, we want you to get in touch to let us know you're OK, because we all love you and we miss you. Everybody is looking for you and we need you home now."

A friend, Marijke Moore-Nalis, wrote on Facebook: "And if you do have a possible sighting of Connor, we ask that you can maybe take a photo if not possible to approach, as getting CCTV in The Netherlands is an extremely time consuming process."

The Lucie Blackman Trust, which supports families of people missing abroad, has also been assisting the family, and has asked anyone with information - which will be treated in the strictest confidence - to contact 0800 098 8485 or email ops@lbtrust.org.

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