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Two men arrested over murder of 'vulnerable individual' who went missing seven years ago

The body of Mark Gourley has never been located.

Image: PSNI

Updated: 3.15pm

TWO MEN HAVE been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of Mark Gourley, who went missing from the Glengormley area of Co Antrim seven years ago.

The suspects, aged 43 and 45, are being held at a police station in Belfast.

Gourley (36) was reported as a missing person on 7 March 2009.

Police say he was a vulnerable individual and was on medication at the time of his disappearance.

He was last seen in the Burney’s Lane area of Glengormley at around 2.30pm.

Police launched a murder investigation in 2013 but his body has not been located.

This morning a man was arrested in Carrickfergus and has been taken to a police station in Belfast for questioning.

Detective Inspector Darren McCartney said: “Although Mark was last seen in the Glengormley area, he was from the Castlemara area of Carrickfergus and he may have returned to that area on 7 March 2009.

I believe there are people in these communities who have knowledge of what happened to Mark. Today’s police activity is proof that police are continuing to investigate what happened to him. Additionally, people may have heard rumours about what happened to Mark. I would appeal to them to share this information with police.

“If anyone has information about him, I would ask them to examine their conscience and come forward to police. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by telephoning 0800 555 111.”

- additional reporting by Catherine Healy

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