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Man who disappeared 30 years ago found in car in a river in Northern Ireland

The body of a man who went missing 30 years ago was found in a car submerged in a river in Northern Ireland.

James Patterson disappeared on 6 October 1991, and was last seen at Mid Ulster Hospital in Londonderry. He was 54 years old.

Search teams found a Ford Orion vehicle in the River Bann, in Bellaghy, last month.




After the car was recovered, human remains were discovered inside and they were later identified as those of Mr Patterson.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Councillor for the Ulster Unionist Party, Derek McKinney, said he hoped the investigation ‘will be able to give his family some answers after all of these years.’



A PSNI statement said: ‘Police can confirm human remains were found following the recovery of a car from the River Bann at the New Ferry Road in Bellaghy last month.

‘The vehicle was recovered from the river in July and, following examination, it has been confirmed the human remains are those of James Patterson, who went missing on 6th October 1991.

‘The family have been informed and request for privacy at this time.’