Police have received reports that a man wanted in connection with a murder in Londonderry is at large in the city.
The detective leading the investigation into the shooting of Barry McCrory, 35, said “unconfirmed sightings” of 58-year-old Kieran McLaughlin have been reported in the Londonderry area.
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison’s warning comes after a major operation was mounted by armed officers across the border in Co Donegal.
Gardai surrounded a house in the Burnfoot area through Friday night believing that Mr McLaughlin was holed up inside.
But the operation was stood down in the early hours of Saturday morning when they established that the property was empty.
Mr McCrory was gunned down in a flat in Londonderry city centre on Thursday morning.
Mr Harrison repeated a previous warning to the public not to approach Mr McLaughlin.
“We are continuing to appeal to the public for their assistance in establishing the current whereabouts of 58-year-old Kieran McLaughlin,” he said.
“I can confirm there have been a number of 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.
“I would also 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.”
The murder took place less than 24 hours after the body of a father-of-four was found in a lake in north Belfast.
It’s understood Kevin Kearney, 46, was shot dead by dissident republicans.
A 39-year-old man arrested in connection with the shooting was released on Saturday without charge.
Officers say they are not linking the two murders at this stage.