Kidnapped, brutally murdered in 'military-style operation'... but Paul Brady's body has never been found

Victim: Paul Brady
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The family of Paul Brady, who was brutally murdered in a 'military style operation' 15 years ago, are still no closer to finding his body. Mr Brady, a 43 year old father-of-four from Rochdale, led a double life as a site manager for a property developer and a drug dealer.

He was lured to a building site in Bacup, Lancashire, in August 2009, where he was attacked by 10 to 15 masked men armed with metal poles, baseball bats, and a shotgun.

Mr Brady was then forced into a vehicle and has not been seen since. His murderer, fellow drug dealer Paul Devalda, was sentenced to at least 21 years in prison in 2011.

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The judge speculated that the likely motive for the kidnapping was to steal cocaine worth approximately £350,000 from Mr Brady, but admitted uncertainty.

In 2018, Devalda, then aged 43, attempted to have his conviction overturned, but his appeal was rejected. Now, 15 years after Mr Brady's death, police have renewed their appeal for information, hoping to finally provide closure for his grieving family, reports the Manchester Evening News.

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Superintendent Gareth Willis, Head of Major Crime at Lancashire Constabulary, said: "It's been fifteen years since Paul Brady was kidnapped and murdered and my thoughts remain with his loved ones. While a number of people were convicted and jailed for their parts in his murder Paul's body has sadly never been found and I would appeal to anyone who may have any information as to where he may be to come forward and contact us."

He continued: "Loyalties and priorities may have changed over the years and finding Paul's body would help bring some sense of closure to his family."

In an attempt to draw out Mr Brady, there was a startling incident in Lynns Court, Bacup, in August 2009, where a firework was let off at one of the properties. In reaction, Mr Brady attended the location and subsequently returned the next day with a joiner for repairs.

However, this seemingly normal reaction set off a chain of events that saw them being tracked as they travelled in a convoy, only to be intercepted by a Ford Galaxy. Trying to escape, Mr Brady backed his car into the joiner's vehicle but was ultimately cornered by an armed group.

When ruling on Devalda's case in March 2011, Mr Justice Royce conveyed the impact on Mr Brady's family: He said: "They have had to live with the pain and torment of not knowing where he is now or precise circumstances in which he died. It continues to haunt them and they have no closure."

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He addressed Devalda, stating: "You could, if you had an ounce of decency give the answers but you will not. You are scheming, self-centred, ruthless and dangerous. You have shown and I anticipate will continue to show not a jot of remorse."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101. Alternatively, contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.