North East Wales

Missing Michael Murphy: Aaron Ramsey's video plea after Facebook campaign

Wales captain and Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey has made a video appeal for the safe return of missing Flintshire man Michael Murphy.

On YouTube, he urges Mr Murphy, fan of his club, to get in touch, adding: "Your friends, family and everyone at Arsenal are worried about you."

Mr Murphy, 32, from Mold, was last seen on 4 January, and his car was later found on Flintshire Bridge.

Arsenal said they were hoping for some "positive news".

In a 35-second clip, Ramsey urges anyone with information to call police on 101.

He adds: "Michael, if you're watching this, please get in touch.

"Your friends, family and everyone at Arsenal are worried about you."

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

An Arsenal spokesman said: "We became aware of Michael's disappearance through a Facebook campaign.

"Having the Wales captain in our squad, we asked Aaron if he would like to record a message to help raise awareness.

"Aaron was more than happy to help. We filmed the message and everyone at Arsenal is keeping our fingers crossed, hoping we get some positive news."

Michael Murphy 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 with its hazard lights flashing on Flintshire Bridge.

'Out of character'

On Wednesday, North Wales Police 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 Insp Darren Wareing and his team were joined by Mr Murphy's mother Ann and other relatives.

Mr Wareing said a number of people described "seeing a man walking along the opposite eastbound carriageway towards the Deeside Industrial Park between around 06.05 and 06.10 GMT". Police are trying to identify that person.

A group called Missing Michael Murphy has been set up on Facebook, attracting support from more than 3,000 people.

Family friend Annette Thomas, who set up the site, said: "We're hoping for 4,000 members by the end of this weekend.

"We've also started a yellow ribbon campaign on the site, where we're asking people to use the yellow ribbons as their profile pictures to generate further awareness."

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

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 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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