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Pat McCormick murder search moves to Lurgan

Pat McCormick is believed to have been murdered
Mairead Holland

THE search for missing Co Down man Pat McCormick, who is believed to have been murdered, moved to Lurgan yesterday.

Police confirmed that a search took place in the Co Armagh town along with two further searches in Comber.

Mr McCormick, a 55-year-old father of four, was last seen in the town on Thursday, May 30.

On Saturday, police focused on the main routes in and out of the Comber area.

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

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

In an operation on Friday, police divers searched a lake in the wetlands beside Strangford Lough.

Mr McCormick, originally from Saintfield, was last seen on Castle Street at about 10.30pm driving his black car.

CCTV footage released by the PSNI shows him crossing the street and walking through an archway.

A man and woman in their 20s arrested last week on suspicion of Mr McCormick's murder 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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