PSNI appeal for help in murder probe

Police investigating the murder of a blues musician in Derry today sought the public’s help in trying to trace his bicycle.

Police investigating the murder of a blues musician in Derry today sought the public’s help in trying to trace his bicycle.

James Gilchrist, 62, was last seen alive in the city on September 28 after he left the Oval Bar in Duke Street at about 12.30am.

He rode his black Raleigh racing bicycle across the top deck of the Craigavon Bridge and was last seen at the bottom of John Street 10 minutes later, where he crossed the road onto the Foyle Embankment.

His body was pulled from the River Foyle later that day at about 5.20pm and a man has been charged with his murder.

But his bicycle, which was fitted with drop down handlebars, a silver parcel carrier rack and a dynamo, and a number of other personal belongings, have not been found.

Officers revisited the area where Mr Gilchrist was last seen between 12.30am and 1.30am last night, stopping pedestrians and motorists in John Street, Foyle Road and the Foyle Embankment to see if they could help trace his movements and missing personal belongings.

Detective Chief Inspector Tom Woods, heading the investigation, said they also wanted to track down the victim’s mobile phone and wallet.

“I would urge anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Mr Gilchrist’s bicycle and personal belongings or anyone who can help us to retrace his steps on that fateful night to come forward and assist us with our inquiries,” he said.

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