Police in search for man after murder probe launched

David Ellis is believed to be in Ireland.
David Ellis is believed to be in Ireland.

The PSNI are working with detectives in South Wales following the launch of a murder probe sparked by the disappearance of a 59-year-old Swansea man.

Alec Warburton (59) was reported missing from his home on August 2, and detectives are now trying to trace 40-year-old David Ellis, a tenant of his who lived at the same address, and who is believed to have travelled to the north of Ireland.

CCTV still showing David Ellis arriving in Belfast.

CCTV still showing David Ellis arriving in Belfast.

Mr Warburton’s car, a dark green Peugeot 205 Mardi Gras, registration M805 HFJ, was driven to various locations before being taken to Birkenhead on Wednesday, August 5, three days after he was reported missing and five days since the last confirmed sighting.

A spokesman for police in Wales said; “Further enquiries have confirmed that Mr Ellis travelled on the Stena Line Lagan ferry from Birkenhead to Belfast on the 10.30pm crossing on Wednesday 5th August which docked at Belfast at 6.30am on Thursday 6th August.

“Mr Ellis was seen to leave the ferry at 6.58am that morning when he was wearing a checked shirt, jeans and a cap carrying a distinctive holdall and rucksack.”

Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley of the South Wales Police Specialist Crime Investigations Team said: “Our investigation and search for Mr Warburton and Mr Ellis has extended from Swansea to North Wales and now to Northern Ireland where we have deployed officers to work alongside the Police Service of Northern Ireland to carry out enquiries.

Missing: Landlord Alec Warburton.

Missing: Landlord Alec Warburton.

“Mr Ellis’s whereabouts in Ireland are unknown. He may have friends, associates or family in Ireland offering him accommodation.

“We appeal to anyone who has seen him to come forward.

“I appeal to anyone who has seen Mr Warburton or Mr Ellis to contact the police. I appeal directly to Mr Ellis to come forward as I believe that you hold the information we need to establish the circumstances of Alec Warburton’s disappearance.”

Det Supt Hurley added: “We are grateful for the support of the local community who have assisted in the search for Mr Warburton in and around Betws y Coed.

CCTV image of Alec Warburton on the day before he went missing.

CCTV image of Alec Warburton on the day before he went missing.

“We are working with North Wales Police to define a search area. If anyone is out walking in this area and sees anything suspicious or has any information then please contact the police.”

Specialist officers are continuing to support Alec Warburton’s family.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Gary Reid has confirmed that the PSNI is assisting South Wales Police with their investigation into the disappearance of Alec Warburton from Swansea.

Anyone with information should contact South Wales Police on 101 quoting occurrence number 1500280779 or the incident room on 01792 562732.

Mr Warburton's Peugeot 205 car.

Mr Warburton's Peugeot 205 car.