Police Believe Man Missing for Seventeen Years Was Murdered
Thursday 6th October 2016 12:12 Gorton & Openshaw News Posted by Tom Greggan

Seventeen years after he disappeared, detectives believe a man from Ancoats was in fact murdered.

Martin Joyce, who was 29-years-old at the time and would now be 45, was reported missing on September 7th 1999.

Despite reported sightings over the years, which officers later dismissed as false, he is yet to be found and detectives have now launched a murder investigation.

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This is the scene at the Bank of England pub in Ancoats today as detectives launch a murder investigation in the case of missing man Martin Joyce.

They’re appealing for anyone with information about what might have happened to Martin, a father-of-one, to contact them.

Senior Investigating Officer Bob Tonge of GMP’s Major Incident Support Unit, said: “As part of the investigation, we are following a number of lines of enquiry but sadly, we are led to believe that Martin may not be alive and we have now launched a murder investigation.

“We have a team of highly skilled officers dedicated to the investigation and are working closely with the National Crime Agency to solve this case.”

The investigation into Martin’s possible death began today as officers began searching the Bank of England pub on Pollard Street, Ancoats, where he was last seen on September 5th 1999.

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The pub was the last place Martin Joyce, 29 at the time, was seen on September 5th 1999. He was reported missing two days later.

Forensic investigators have been on the scene and cadaver sniffer dogs were seen entering, and later leaving, the premises.

At the time of his disappearance, Martin had been living with his sister, Mary, in Gorton. He had been hospitalised a year earlier after attempting suicide following the death of his father and brother and he’d also served time in prison for traffic offences.

Officer Tonge added: “Martin’s family are being supported by specialist officers through this extremely challenging time and are desperate for answers into his disappearance.

“We believe there may be some people in Manchester who have information about Martin’s disappearance and I’m urging anyone with information about what may have happened to him to contact police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4714 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.