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Fresh appeal for missing Cookstown man

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Fresh appeal for missing Cookstown man thumbnailA CCTV image of Gerard Conway in a Cookstown bank captured shortly before his disappearance

A DECADE on from his disappearance the family of Cookstown man have issued a fresh appeal for information as to his whereabouts.

Gerard Conway was last seen at the end of January 2007. Despite extensive enquiries by Police over a number of years, no clues as to his location have been discovered.

Gerard was reported missing on 13th February, 2007. In the immediate aftermath of his disappearance there were unconfirmed sightings in the Magherafelt, Toome and Ballymena areas.

Gerard was 32 at the time of his disappearance. He is 6 feet tall and of medium build. He had short dark brown hair and blue eyes. He also had a scar running through his right eyebrow and another above his right eye.

Urging anyone with any information about his disappearance to come forward, Gerard's family released the following statement.

"We the family of Gerard Conway have been left distressed, broken and devastated by the disappearance of our son, brother and father. It has been a very long 10 years without Gerard. We miss him dearly and not a day goes by that we do not think about him," read the statement.

"It is hard to put into words how we have coped over the past 10 years as we fear something untoward may have happened to Gerard.

"We are unable to gain closure as we have no answers and too many questions as to what might have happened to Gerard. Until we find Gerard or recover his remains it is simply impossible for us to properly commence the grieving process.

"Throughout the years we've heard many reports about what happened to Gerard, unfortunately none of these reports have led the police to the whereabouts of Gerard.

"We feel that somebody must know what happened to Gerard, and where he is. We urge whoever it is to please, please come forward.

"We appreciate it may seem like a long time but if there is anything, however apparently insignificant, that appeared in any way suspicious, we need to hear from you."

Detective Inspector Gareth Talbot from Serious Crime Branch also made an appeal for information.

"Gerard's disappearance continues to cause heartache and uncertainty for his family," he said.

The passage of time has not eased this pain. We hope this renewed appeal will help them discover just what has taken place.

"Because of the family's connections with the Republic, we have worked with An Garda Siochana to extend the appeal there but, sadly, to no avail.

“After ten years we still have no definite leads as to what has become of Gerard and we continue to appeal for information.

"Gerard's disappearance has been heart-breaking for his family and friends. Their own substantial efforts to locate Gerard have been commendable and they deserve to know what has happened to him."

"Anyone with information, no matter how small, is asked to contact the Police by calling 101. Alternatively, people can provide information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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