Police re-launch murder inquiry on anniversary of Gorton man’s disappearance
Thursday 7th September 2017 12:36 Community Gorton & Openshaw Greater Manchester Posted by Nigel P.

Detectives investigating the murder of Martin Joyce have launched a fresh appeal 18 years after he was last seen.

Martin, 46, was reported missing on 7 September 1999, after last being seen at The Bank of England Pub in Ancoats.

Despite reported sightings over the years, Martin had not been found and, after 17 years had passed, detectives from GMP’s Major Incident Team launched a murder investigation.

The Bank of England pub in Ancoats, the scene of intense investigations relating to disappearance of  Gorton man Martin Joyce last October

Police carried out an extensive two-week search of the Ancoats pub where Martin was last seen after a tip off that he may have been killed there.

Police have also  carried out covert enquiries through-out the country as well as following up reported sightings over the years.

Last October three of Martin’s sisters held a press conference appealing for information as to  their brother’s whereabouts.

The sisters including Martin’s Twin refuse to believe that Martin is dead, they told how their faith keeps them hopeful that their brother is still alive despite the police murder enquiry into his death.

The appeal at North Manchester Police Divisional HQ on Thursday October 20th 2016, was directed at the large traveller community based in Manchester and nationally to respond with any information about Martin.

They believe that Martin could be living amongst a traveller community somewhere in the country and they urged Martin or anyone who knows of his whereabouts, please to just get in touch and let them know he is alive and safe.

Three of Martin Joyce’s sisters show the strain during their appeal for information regarding their brother. Barbara who is Martin’s twin recalled that “Martin is a wonderful brother, uncle and father and he is missed so much.” at the appeal last year.

 

Relaunching the appeal for information today, Senior Investigating Officer Teresa Lam of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “This has been a long and gruelling investigation not only for the officers involved but for Martin’s family who are no closer to getting the answers they need.

“Although it’s been almost two decades since Martin was last seen, we will explore every avenue available to us so, if you know something, please get in touch with us.

“Eighteen years is a long period of time and allegiances may have changed. It’s never too late to report something, especially if it’s going to help us find out what happened to Martin.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 4717 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.