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Tuesday, 25 July, 2000, 16:44 GMT 17:44 UK
Body in bog 'suspicious'

The police are treating as suspicious the death of a man whose body was found in a bog in County Fermanagh earlier this year.

The badly decomposed body of former RAF man David Sullivan, 51, from Enniskillen was found at Boho Bog in Belcoo on 3 February, nearly two years after he disappeared.

Police have now identified him but are unable to say if he was murdered.

Mr Sullivan had been missing since 26 August 1998 and forensic tests have established that his body may have been in the bogland for 18 months.


Due to his medical condition and the location where his body was found it would lead to the conclusion that the circumstances were suspicious

Detective Chief Inspector Norman Baxter
His body was found by a man out walking his dog.

He had suffered from Parkinson's Disease, which was at an advanced stage, and was dependant on medication. The police said his mobility was restricted.

His elderly mother, Florence, had provided police with DNA in a bid to identify the remains.

Tests on body

She said on Tuesday: "I always thought that it was David."

Due to the circumstances surrounding his disappearance and the remote location where his body was discovered, police are treating his death as suspicious.

Detective Chief Inspector Norman Baxter said tests had not revealed how he died or whether he was murdered.

"At this stage we do not know the cause of death," he said.

"But due to his medical condition and the location where his body was found it would lead to the conclusion that the circumstances were suspicious," he said.

He said there had been a number of sightings of the missing man in Enniskillen up to 26 August the year he disappeared.

The police are now appealing to the public for any information relating to the movements of Mr Sullivan on the morning of his disappearance.

In particular, they are interested in any sightings of his white Hyundai car which was found in September 1998 in County Cavan in the Irish Republic.

It had been fitted with false number plates.

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