Police appeal over Antrim murder

 

Police in Northern Ireland trying to identify the victim of a brutal murder said tonight it could be a man who disappeared after leaving a pub a month ago.

Mr Hugh Cameron (36) vanished in the early hours of October 20th after drinking in the Joymount Arms in his home town of Carrickfergus, Co Antrim.

On Friday a body was taken from the Skeagh River, more than 20 miles away up the coast near Glenarm, after being spotted by a passing motorist.

DNA tests are being carried out to establish whether the body is in fact Mr Cameron, said a police spokesman.

A murder hunt was launched after a post-mortem examination carried out over the weekend revealed the body had suffered a "violent and brutal death", said police.

Mr Cameron left the Joymount Arms at 1 a.m. on Saturday, October 20th and detectives tonight appealed for anyone who was in the pub on the evening of Friday October 19th or early hours of the 20th to contact them.

They also appealed for anyone who knew Mr Cameron and saw him on the Friday or Saturday, or any time since, to make contact. Police believe that whoever carried out the murder would have got blood on their clothes and appealed for anyone who knows of anyone they have seen in the possession of blood stained clothing to contact them.

PA