POLICE investigating the disappearance of Martin Kelly on the 1st of January 2006 are today (Friday 14th March 2014), which would be Martin’s 30th birthday, making a renewed appeal for information.
Detective Chief Inspector Colin Gillis, Crime Manager for South and East Belfast says:
“Officers in South and East Belfast would appeal to anyone that may have information in relation to Martin Kelly’s whereabouts to contact detectives at Musgrave on 0845 600 8000.
“Police remain committed and determined to discovering what happened to Martin and to bringing closure to his family. Detectives will continue to follow up all new lines of enquiry and any new information.”
Martin Kelly from Kinnegar Drive was last seen by friends at a bar in Garmoyle Street in South Belfast on New Year’s Day 2006. Martin, who is about 6ft 1in tall and of slim build with short dark hair, was wearing a black ‘Guinness’ T-shirt and blue jeans.
On New Years Day, he and his friends went to Pats Bar in Garmoyle Street to watch a football match. The friends left and Martin remained in the bar talking to other customers. He left at about 7.10pm and hasn’t been seen since.
Detective Chief Inspector Colin Gillis adds: “Police investigating Martin’s disappearance carried out searches on land and on the water and deployed the diving team and air support team in these searches. We have also undertaken extensive enquiries but despite conducting a wide range of interviews and reviewing all available CCTV relating to the incident, Martin has not been located.
“We would reiterate our appeal for anyone that may have information in relation to Martin Kelly to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on 0845 600 8000.
In November 2007, police carried out a full and comprehensive independent review by a team of detectives and experts who examined the investigation including all the searches and enquiries to date to assess if any further action could be taken.
It was the view of the review team that all of the search and investigative opportunities have been exhausted at this stage.