19 November 2005

Police reveal car clues in hunt for dissident's killers


19/11/2005 - 10:34:40

Detectives hunting the killers of a dissident republican in Northern Ireland want to trace three vehicles seen in the area where his body was found, it emerged today.

Martin Conlon died after being abducted by two masked men and shot in Co Armagh last week.

Police have been examining several possible motives for the murder of the 35-year-old, including one theory that he was attacked because he was gay.

They have also been checking whether he was the victim of a fall-out with former associates linked to the Real IRA.

Conlon, who lived at Railway Street, Armagh, died in hospital after being found unconscious with multiple gunshot wounds at the side of the Farnaloy Road, near the neighbouring village of Keady.

Details of three vehicles spotted in the area in the hours before his body was discovered on November 7 were released today.

The PSNI wish to speak to the drivers of:

:: A dark coloured vehicle seen on the Farnaloy Road around 1.20pm.

:: A dark coloured vehicle, possibly an Audi, seen in the Tullynawood area of Darkley, around 3.30pm.

:: A blue Vauxhall Corsa vehicle seen on the Farnaloy Road around 6pm. It is understood a woman was driving the car.

Conlon was freed from jail in the Irish Republic last year.

He had been one of six men jailed in Dublin in March 2001 after pleading guilty to training people in the use of firearms.

He was abducted while visiting a friend in Greenpark Crest off the city’s Monaghan Road.

Conlon was driven from the scene in his own car, a silver Volkswagen Passat.

His body was discovered about a mile-and-a-half from where his car was later found burnt-out.

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