Police invesigating the murder of 35-year-old Barry McGrory in Derry made a direct appeal last night to Kieran McLaughlin, the man they want to question in relation to Thursday’s fatal shooting.
Mr. McLaughlin was still at large last night after a dramatic cross border manhunt prompted armed garda response units to seal off a house in the Iskaheen area of Burnfoot on Friday night where he was believed to have been hiding. It subsequently emerged that the property at the centre of the search was empty. Gardai said last night that the operation in Donegal had been “stood down” while PSNI detectives issued a direct appeal to 58-year-old Mr. McLaughlin.
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison said: “I want to emphasise to Kieran to contact police immediately as we are actively seeking to speak with you. It is our wish that this matter is resolved without further incident.”
DCI Harrison said there had been a number of “unconfirmed sightings” of the wanted man in the Derry are and reinforced an earlier warning that the suspect should not be approached under any circumstances.
He added: “We are continuing to appeal to the public for their assistance in establishing the current whereabouts of 58 year old Kieran McLaughlin. I can confirm there have been a number unconfirmed sightings of Mr McLaughlin in the Derry area but it is imperative that future sightings of Kieran are reported to police immediately and reiterate to the public not to approach him, but to contact police on 999 if you think you know of his whereabouts.”
The family of Barry McCrory broke down on Friday at a vigil in the Guildhall Square in protest at the murder of the 35-year-old.
Speaking on Facebook yesterday, Barry’s sister Ann Marie McCrory hit out at her brother’s killers saying she hoped they would “rot.”
She said the killer needed to be caught before another family is put through the same trauma.