North East Wales

Michael Murphy: reconstruction 'jogs memories' of missing man

Michael Murphy
Image caption Michael Murphy was last seen after leaving work on 4 January

Police say a reconstruction of the last know movements of a missing Flintshire man has "jogged memories".

Michael Murphy, 32, from Mold, was last seen before leaving work at Convatec in Deeside at the start of his shift at 06:00 GMT on Wednesday 4 January.

His red Volkswagen Polo was found later with its hazards lights flashing on nearby Flintshire Bridge.

Officers set up three check points on Wednesday morning near Connah's Quay to question motorists in the area.

They stopped drivers at the bridge to ask if they had any recollection of seeing Mr Murphy.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing and his team were joined by Mr Murphy's mother Ann and other relatives.

Mr Wareing said: "It is evident from our inquiries that a number of people saw Michael's car and, more significantly, a number have described seeing a man walking along the opposite eastbound carriageway towards the Deeside Industrial Park between around 06.05 and 06.10 GMT.

"I, along with my officers, now want to establish the identity of this person."

He said officers wanted to speak to anyone walking along the road at the time or anyone who stopped to offer the man a lift.

Facebook appeal

A website group called Missing Michael Murphy has been set up on the Facebook social network site, attracting support from more than 2,200 people.

Mr Murphy's family said they had been "heartened" by the help and concern of others.

"We want him home," said his aunt, Peggy Murphy.

She said Mr Murphy's disappearance had been totally out of character, adding that he had split up with his girlfriend before Christmas.

"He took a colleague to work, had a cup of tea and disappeared," she said.

"The next thing his car was reported by the bridge. It must have been busy. Did anyone seen him?" she said.

An extensive search has been conducted of the river embankments involving police, the helicopter from the North West Air Operations Unit, coastguard, RNLI, Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA) and the regional police underwater search team.

Mr Murphy, who is from Mold but was living in Connah's Quay, is described as 5ft 10in (1.77m), medium build with short fair hair which is balding.

He was last seen wearing a dark grey flat cap, a long dark grey duffle coat, blue jeans and white Adidas trainers with three black stripes on the side.

Anyone with information about Mr Murphy's disappearance is asked to call the police on 101 or 0300 3300 101.

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