Gardai join hunt for man with links to South East wanted over partner’s murder
GARDAI are checking ports and airports as part of an international manhunt for the partner of a woman found murdered in her home in the UK who has family links in the South East.
Murder detectives at the British West Midlands Police are leading the search for “dangerous” Michael Foran, who is wanted in connection with the death of 33-year-old June Jones (pair pictured above).
Miss Jones, who had been in a long-term relationship with Foran, was found dead at her flat in West Bromwich on New Year’s Eve.
The victim’s body was discovered when officers forced entry to her maisonette in Wyndmill Crescent at 2am on December 31.
Family had reported her missing to police five days previously.
A post-mortem examination did not establish a cause of death but Miss Jones had been brutally beaten with a weapon, according to detectives.
Police have recovered an item believed to have been used in the assault, which is currently undergoing forensic testing.
In the latest development, a 34-year-old man from West Bromwich was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender on Thursday as it emerged Foran had left the Midlands over the New Year period.
Security camera images, released as part of the inquiry, showed Foran was in West Bromwich on New Year’s Eve.
He was then pictured on CCTV footage from an Esso petrol station in the Anfield area of Liverpool on New Year’s Day, wearing the same clothing.
Detectives believe Foran, who has family links to Waterford and the South East region, may have travelled to Liverpool to try and catch a ferry across the Irish Sea.
Miss Jones had been reported missing by her sister on St Stephen’s Day, and in a statement her family appealed directly to Foran to “do the right thing” and “hand himself in”.
Police have now asked for the public’s help, but warned people not to approach the 32-year-old and instead call 999 immediately.
The West Midlands force added that Merseyside Police had now joined the manhunt, while Border Force and the gardai were watching the ports and airports in the UK and Ireland.
Detective Inspector Warren Hines, of West Midlands Police, said Foran, who was unemployed, and the victim had had a “difficult” relationship lasting about 10 years.
Mr Hines added that Foran appeared only to have the clothes he was wearing and no ready access to either a vehicle, or money.
He appealed for the public’s aid, but also warned people who might have been considering helping Foran, to think again.
Mr Hines said: “I really am at the point where I need the public’s help, tracking him down.
“I would just like to say to people, here or in Merseyside, if you are considering putting this guy up, giving him money, topping up his phone, or keeping him out of our way, then we will look to prosecute you.”
Mr Hines said: “June has lost her life, we suspect at the hands of somebody she should have been able to trust, in her own home – the place where she should have been able to feel safe.
“In my view it doesn’t really get much worse than that.
“He is the only person we are actively seeking.
“My message to Michael Foran is you are only delaying the inevitable by not handing yourself in.
“We will find you.
“You know you need to do the right thing.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the gardai or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 1800 25 00 25.