UK News Body found in storm drain believed to be missing Belfast teen Noah Donohoe
Body found in storm drain amid search for teenager Noah Donohoe
The 14-year-old Belfast boy has been missing since last weekend.Police in Belfast said that the body was found in North Belfast at around 9.45am on Saturday.
A body found in a storm drain is believed by police to be that ofteen Noah Donohoe.
in Belfast have confirmed that the body was found in the north of the city at around 9.45am today.
Superintendent Muir Clark said that while that an official identification has not been completed, they believe the body is the missing 14-year-old, who has not been seen since last Sunday evening.
Supt Clark said the storm drain was almost a kilometre long and the specialist search team found it "extremely challenging".
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"We did have access to the storm drain complex and it has been searched over the last number of days before we got to the end of the complex," he said.
"It's an extremely challenging environment in which to work and that is why it has taken the length of time to go through that complex.
"They were working in the pitch black and there was a lot of growing to cover.
"In my 30 years in the police, this is one of the most unusual missing person inquiries that I have dealt with."
He also appealed to the public to refrain from posting rumours about the teenager online.
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Vigils held outside the teenager's school in the north of the city and in his family's home town in StrabaneThe 14-year old's body was found in a storm drain in Belfast on Saturday. He had been missing from his west Belfast home since the previous Sunday.
"It is disappointing that I again need to call on people circulating a number of rumours about Noah's disappearance, which are completely without foundation," Supt Clark added.
"This type of commentary and rumour is distressing for Noah's family and is extremely unhelpful.
"An investigation into the circumstances of Noah's disappearance is still continuing but there is no evidence to suggest foul play.
"If people post distasteful and patently untrue rumours on social media, we will investigate that."
On Friday, officers found a bag containing the teenager's laptop, which is being examined by specialist officers.
"We're continuing to examine the electronic equipment which we have recovered and obviously that forms part of the investigation into the disappearance of Noah," Supt Clark added.
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"We do not understand why Noah was in that part of North Belfast" Police say they are probing how the bag and Lenovo laptop came to be where they were discovered.
"In any electronic device there are massive amounts of information, so we continue to sift through that information, just to build the picture.
"There will be a post-mortem examination which will be conducted and that will very much, hopefully, give some answers."
He also said that shorts and a coat belonging to Noah are still missing.
A huge search operation has been taking place all week to find Noah, who was last seen in areas close to the Shore Road.
Police believe he may have fallen from his bicycle and hurt his head.
A previous police statement said: "An eyewitness believes they saw a young male matching Noah's description fall off his bicycle on Sunday evening, possibly sustaining a head injury, in the vicinity of North Queen Street/York Street, but we do not know the specific time.
“We believe Noah got back on his bicycle, cycling into Northwood Road where he then abandons all his clothing, as he is seen a short time later cycling while naked.
"We believe Noah then dropped his bicycle and left the area on foot."
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