The family of Londonderry murder suspect Kieran McLaughlin last night pleaded for him to give himself up and bring the hunt for him to a peaceful end.
After speaking to the 58-year-old’s family, PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison said “they want their father returned safely”.
He said the family of the suspect in the murder of Barry McCrory was “distressed”.
“I’ve spoken directly to the wider family. They’re in bits at the moment; it is causing a great degree of distress to them. They want their father returned safely and that is our intention as well.”
A cross-border manhunt continued last night while the suspect remained at large.
Police have deployed “extensive resources” in Londonderry where there have been a number of unconfirmed sightings, said DCI Harrison, while gardai in Inishowen refused to comment on the manhunt for “operational reasons”.
During last night’s appeal at Strand Road police station, DCI Harrison added: “One person has already lost his life, we don’t want any further incident.”
He addressed his comments directly to the suspect, urging him to call officers on 028 7121 0775. “We don’t want to see any more risk posed to you or the wider community. Mr McLaughlin, if you are in the city please come forward, we want to reduce the risk to you and the wider community; we will listen to your account as to how this happened.
“I’m not pre-judging you Mr McLaughlin, however I wish to speak to you. We have liaised with your own family and I’ve spoken at length to them and their message to you today is please come forward.”
DCI Harrison took the unusual step of urging the suspect to contact investigating officers directly or through an intermediary to ensure his “safe passage” to the police station.
“You can contact us through an intermediary or contact police directly but please come forward so there will be no incident in the town tonight or any other night.”