FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST
List of Named Missing Persons 1969 and 1970
Request and Answer:
I am seeking to know if the investigation into the disappearances of the following boys is still open
and thus are unsolved-
The disappearance of Jonathan Aven, 14 years old from 21 Sydenham Drive and David Leckey 12
years old from Memel Street both in East Belfast disappeared on the 25th of September 1969 Answer
Your request for information has now been considered. In respect of Section 1(1)(a) of the Act I can
confirm that the Police Service of Northern Ireland does hold information to which your request
relates. The decision has been taken to disclose the following.
Where the missing person has not been found, the case will remain open and be the subject of
periodic review. Question 2
I am also seeking the details surrounding the disappearances of the following three boys and also if
these cases are still open and thus also unsolved
The disappearance of J.Lesithen in East Belfast in 1969.
The disappearance of Ronald Kirk, 16 years old from Barn Road, Carrickfergus, County Antrim on
the 8th of January 1970.
The disappearance of John David Glennon, 16 years old from Divismore Crescent, Andersonstown
Road, West Belfast on the 8th of January 1970. Answer
In an attempt to respond to your request I have contacted the following Departments Crime
Operations, Legacy Investigation Branch and Public Protection Unit and PSNI District Lisburn and
Searches were conducted on the NICHE computer system with the information provided on your
request; however these searches failed to locate any records or documents relevant to your request
based on the information you have provided in your request. Accordingly, I have determined that the
Police Service of Northern Ireland does not hold the information to which you seek access.
If you have any queries regarding your request or the decision please do not hesitate to contact me
on 028 9070 0164. When contacting the Freedom of Information Team, please quote the reference
number listed at the beginning of this letter.
If you are dissatisfied in any way with the handling of your request, you have the right to request a
review. You should do this as soon as possible or in any case within two months of the date of issue
of this letter. In the event that you require a review to be undertaken, you can do so by writing to the
Head of Freedom of Information, PSNI Headquarters, 65 Knock Road, Belfast, BT5 6LE or by
If following an internal review, carried out by an independent decision maker, you were to remain
dissatisfied in any way with the handling of the request you may make a complaint, under Section 50
of the Freedom of Information Act, to the Information Commissioner’s Office and ask that they
investigate whether the PSNI has complied with the terms of the Freedom of Information Act. You
can write to the Information Commissioner at Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. In most circumstances the Information Commissioner
will not investigate a complaint unless an internal review procedure has been carried out, however
the Commissioner has the option to investigate the matter at his discretion.
Please be advised that PSNI replies under Freedom of Information may be released into the public
domain via our website @ www.psni.police.uk
Personal details in respect of your request have, where applicable, been removed to protect