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Man goes missing 24 hours after being rescued from rat-infested ditch

William McClathey and his dog Zena

Just 24 hours after being found in a rat-infested sheough, a county Armagh man has gone missing again.

Fifty-eight-year-old William McConnell was found by William McClatchy, a professional tattoo artist from Portadown, and his dog Zena.

He explained: “I managed to get him out whilst the dog got tore into the rats.

“I knew we were in trouble when I smelt the rats’ urine. The place was absolutely stinking and full of them.

“The dog gave me the chance to get him out.

William McClathey and his dog Zena

William McClathey and his dog Zena who helped save MrMcConnell on Saturday.

“Once the emergency services arrived the wee man turned to me and said: ‘Son thanks for saving me. I will never forget you’.

“That’s the first time I felt a tear run down my cheek since my father passed away.

“I turned and said: ‘Thank God and your guardian angel for giving us this dog’.

“No truer word spoken than a humble dog is truly a man’s best friend!”

However, Police have once again issued an appeal for Mr McConnell’s whereabouts following his disappearance last night.

William was last seen in the Lurgan Road area of Craigavon on Sunday night, 20 September.

He is described as being 5ft 4in tall, very slim build with blue eyes, grey beard and grey receding hair. William’s beard, hair and skin are covered in purple dye.

When last seen he was wearing a dark coloured mid-length outdoor coat,  blue jeans, sandals with grey/black socks and was carrying a walking stick.

Constable Healey said: “It is possible that William may try to make his way to Belfast. We are asking William or anyone who knows of his whereabouts to contact us in Lurgan on 101, quoting ref: 1243 200915.”

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