Body recovered in Belfast is missing Derry man

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A body found in South Belfast on Tuesday was that of missing Derry man Martin Griffiths.

Mr Griffiths was last seen in the Castlereagh area of South Belfast on Monday, July 30.

Police confirmed that Mr Griffiths body was found at a derelict site near Knockbracken Healthcare Park on the Saintfield Road on Tuesday.

Following a post mortem examination on Wednesday, police said they were not treating the death as suspicious.

Police had issued an appeal for information after concerns were raised about his disappearance.

The 55 year-old was originally from the Derry area.

A family member told the ‘Journal’ that Mr Griffiths had been “very much a loner”. “He has been moving around London for a number of years and lost contact with the family some time ago.” He said that the family were notified this week that Mr Griffiths had moved to Belfast and had gone missing. “The police contacted family members to tell them they were concerned for his safety as he was a diabetic,” he said.

Meanwhile, the search continues for Portrush man Dean Patton (24), whose father is from Derry, after he went missing on Tuesday, July 24. Extensive searches of land and sea have taken place but his family yesterday had no idea what happened to the popular and outgoing young man. Dean’s uncle, Gerry Patton said hopes were fading with each day that passes.

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