Police in Northern Ireland searching for a man in his forties who went missing on New Year's Eve have recovered suspected human remains.

Damien Heagney, aged 47, was last seen in the early hours of 31 December in the Dromore area outside Cookstown, County Tyrone.

A PSNI statement this evening revealed that, "Major Investigation Team detectives and specialist officers carrying out a search of the Cappagh Reservoir...have recovered suspected human remains which have been taken away for examination."

Mr Heagney was reported missing on 19 July this year.

A murder investigation was launched last week, leading to the arrest of a 50-year-old man, who was subsequently released on bail pending further inquiries.

Mr Heagney's grey BMW has been recovered and is being forensically examined.

Detectives have also searched three properties in Co Tyrone, and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

A £20,000 (€24,000) reward has been offered for any information leading to a prosecution in relation to his death.

Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Wilson said that a second vehicle of interest has been identified.

She appealed for anyone who saw a white Citroen Berlingo van, registration number LM58 UVW, in the week from 31 December, to come forward.