DETECTIVES have issued a fresh appeal following a Glasgow man's 20-year disappearance. 

Joseph Connelly was 50-years-old when he was last seen in April 2002. He would recently have turned 70. 

Earlier this month, the Glasgow Times reported his family feared their "gentle" brother had been "murdered".

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Shortly before Joseph went missing, he attended a family wedding in Letterkenny, Republic of Ireland, on Saturday, April 6, 2002, where he was described as "unusually subdued".

Police say he returned to Glasgow with his brother and went to his home on Calder Street, in the Southside, but has not been seen since.

Joseph was known to travel and it was not unusual for him to be out of contact with family for long spells.

However, he would be in touch on birthdays and Christmas. He was reported missing after Christmas 2002 when his family did not hear from him.

Extensive enquiries were carried out at the time but officers have renewed an appeal more than 20 years later. 

In a statement issued through Police Scotland, Joseph’s sister Caroline Armour said: “Not knowing where Joseph is or what happened to him is torment, and we cannot begin to describe the pain and anguish we have felt since he disappeared twenty years ago.

“We continue to hope that one day we will receive information that could help us bring Joseph home.”

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When speaking to the Glasgow Times on April 16, Caroline described her brother as "the life and soul of the party". 

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She said: "We were told he may have been murdered, the police never found any answers to prove if this was true but we think it is possible.

“I don’t know what my brother was caught up in, at this point that isn’t what is important, I just want to know what happened. My family needs closure.

“We haven't declared him dead and I won’t do it until I know for sure, otherwise it would feel like we gave up on him.

“It is just so cruel that we have had to go on never knowing if he is okay, we haven’t been able to properly grieve him." 

Joseph was last described as slim with brown hair which he wore in a ponytail with a sallow complexion.

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Detective sergeant Ally Donaldson said: “Joseph was 50 when last seen and would recently have turned 70-years-old.

“His family continue to look for information about where he is or what may have happened to him to give them closure.

“Our enquiries continue and we are reviewing material available from previous enquiries carried out.

“While we do this, I would urge anyone who knew Joseph or believes they may have information to get in touch.

“Even if what you know seems trivial or insignificant, please get in touch with us as every piece of information could help us piece together what happened to Joseph and where he may be.”

Any information can be passed to police by calling 101.