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MURDER investigation following disappearance of man in Roath

Mohamed Megherbi, from Algeria, has not been seen since October 9 2018 prompting a murder investigation by South Wales Police.

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22/11/2018  |  16:05  |  By: Shaun Ashford, SMA Media Group

South Wales Police are continuing to investigate the disappearance of an Algerian man who was last seen Cardiff.

Detectives are carrying out a murder investigation as there have been no sightings of Mohamed Megherbi since Tuesday, October 9 in Roath.

A 26-year-old man from Llanedeyrn was arrested on Tuesday, November 20 on suspicion of murder and he remains in custody at Cardiff Bay Police Station.

Despite extensive enquiries, Mr Megherbi, who has strong links to northwest London, has not been found and there is no proof of life.

A property in Pennsylvania, Llanedeyrn has been subject of a full forensic examination and the surrounding area has also been searched as part of the on-going police investigation.

An incident room has been set up at Cardiff Central Police Station.

Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Morgan, of the South Wales Police Major Crime Investigation Team said: "We have serious concerns for the welfare of Mohamed Megherbi who is originally from Algeria and had recently been living in Newport Road, Roath.

“We have no information in relation to any family he might have so as yet have not been able to trace next of kin.

“We are urging anyone who knows him, anyone who may have seen him, or Mr Megherbi himself to please contact us or their nearest police station.

“We are grateful for the support of the local community while searches were recently carried out in Llanedeyrn.”

Despite the significant searches that appear to be taking place within the area of Llanedeyrn, South Wales Police state that they have not found a body at this stage.

South Wales Police state that they have cordoned off an area of interest and that it hasn’t yet been fully searched.

It is reported by residents that police started to arrive at the woodlands on Pennslyvania, Llanedeyrn at around 5pm on Wednesday afternoon.

If you can help, please contact South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence number *416778.

Alternatively, information can be submitted via the Police Major Incident Public Reporting Site:  https://mipp.police.uk/operation/62SWP18A69-PO1

Contact us to share your story: tips@southwalesnewsservice.co.uk

Specialist police search teams located around different woodland areas of Llanedeyrn (Image: Shaun Ashford)

Specialist police search teams arrive at the woodland of Pennsylvania (Image: Shaun Ashford)

Mohamed Megherbi (Image: South Wales Police)

Police forensic and dog vehicles present for the woodland search (Image: Shaun Ashford)