Northern Ireland

Fears growing for missing man Odhrán Kelly as murder investigation launched in Lurgan

Lurgan man Odhrán Kelly
Lurgan man Odhrán Kelly Lurgan man Odhrán Kelly

Fears are growing for a missing Co Armagh man after a murder investigation was launched at the weekend.

Friends and relatives of Odhrán Kelly are growing increasingly concerned after a car was burnt out in the Edward Street area of Lurgan in the early hours of Sunday.

It is understood a body was found nearby.

Police said on Monday that they have yet to identify the remains of the victim.

Two women, aged 35 and 43, and a 31-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody.

Initially described as a “sudden death”, police later declared a murder investigation.

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Tributes have been paid to Mr Kelly online and it is understood close relatives are currently trying to make their way home from Spain, where they were on holiday.

Detective Chief Inspector Anthony Kelly said police hope to formally identify the victim on Tuesday.

“Sadly a family has lost a loved one, which is particularly poignant in the run up to Christmas,” he said.

“My thoughts are very much with them.

“The post mortem is expected to take place tomorrow (Tuesday) and we are also hoping formal identification of the victim will take place then.”

“The investigation is at a very early stage and I am appealing for anyone who was in the Edward Street or Francis Street areas of Lurgan between 2am and 5am on Sunday morning, and who noticed any suspicious activity or who may have captured dash-cam footage which could assist with the investigation, to come forward to police.”

 A burnt out car in Lurgan
A burnt out car in Lurgan A burnt out car in Lurgan

Alliance Upper Bann MLA Eóin Tennyson said his “thoughts and sympathies are with the loved ones of the person murdered in Lurgan”.

Sinn Féin assembly member John O’Dowd earlier said his “thoughts and prayers” are with those impacted.