North East Wales

Michael Murphy: Washed-up body is missing Flintshire man

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

A body washed up on a beach has been confirmed as that of a missing Flintshire man who disappeared nearly a year ago.

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.

Last Tuesday, a his body was found at West Kirby on the Wirral, Merseyside.

Mr Murphy's mother, Ann, said she had never given up hope of finding her son alive and the news was devastating.

"We are all so shocked," she said.

"To have such a long wait and then find out, it's devastating. I just did have so much hope, you have to, he was my son.

"I feel so much for any family who has got anyone missing. We've had such great support from all over from Convatec where he worked.

Extensive search

"We've had so many messages. He was great fun. We all loved him so much."

The family will be taken to the beach where Mr Murphy's body was found.

After Mr Murphy went missing, his red Volkswagen Polo was found with its hazards lights flashing on nearby Flintshire Bridge.

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's aunt, Peggy Murphy, works at Glyndwr University and expressed her thanks in an email to staff for their help.

"I just wanted to thank everyone who has supported our family over the past year," she wrote.

"Ann, Michael's mum, has been comforted greatly by the fundraising events that have taken place at Glyndwr University.

"We will never forget the support we have had."

A spokesman for the ConvaTec factory, Deeside industrial park, paid tribute to Mr Murphy.

"Michael was a dedicated, hard-working employee who had many friends at ConvaTec," he said.

"The entire ConvaTec family feels the loss of our colleague and our heartfelt sympathies go out to all of Michael's friends and family during this very difficult time."

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