Man accused of murdering missing 55-year-old Michael O'Leary appears in court

A man has appeared in court accused of murdering a 55-year-old who has been missing from his home for more than a week. Andrew Jones, 52, of Bronwydd Road in Carmarthen[1], appeared at Llanelli Magistrates' Court on Tuesday morning, charged with the murder of Michael O'Leary.  Standing in the dock in a grey sweatshirt, Jones confirmed his name, age, address and nationality.

No plea was entered and Jones was remanded in custody. Family members of Jones and Mr O'Leary were both present inside the court. Mr O'Leary, from the village of Nantgaredig in Carmarthenshire[2], has been missing since last Monday night (January 27).

He failed to return home from work and his truck was later found in the Capel Dewi area, between his home and Carmarthen.

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A large scale lane and river search was launched[3] late last Monday that involved police, the fire service, and coastguard and mountain rescue teams. Police have searched several locations in the Carmarthen area, and the search for Mr O'Leary is still ongoing. Last night, police carried out checks exactly a week on from when Mr O'Leary went missing - in the Cwmffrwd area of Carmarthen between 8pm and 10pm.

They have appealed for information on any sightings of Mr O'Leary's vehicle around this time.

Michael O'Leary has been missing since January 27 Man accused of murdering missing 55-year-old Michael O'Leary appears in courtPolice stop vehicles as they travel in the Cwmffrwd area of Carmarthen on Monday night

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: "The investigation and the search for Mr O'Leary will continue as we strive to find answers for the family. Our thoughts remain with them at this very difficult time. "We are still appealing for information on any sightings of Mr O'Leary on Monday night, 27th January, 2020, or any sightings of his vehicle, a silver Nissan Navara, travelling between Cwmffrwd and Capel Dewi between 8pm and 10pm the same night, or from anyone with information who was in this area during these times.

"I would urge anyone with information to contact police by phoning 101."

Jones will next appear at Swansea Crown Court on Wednesday.

References

  1. ^ Carmarthen (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  2. ^ Carmarthenshire (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  3. ^ large scale lane and river search was launched (www.walesonline.co.uk)

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