Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Reservoir body find is linked to missing man

Police searching for a man who had been missing for over a fortnight have discovered a body close to his home.

The body was discovered in the upper reservoir on the Woodburn Road, Carrickfergus on Saturday evening by police involved in the search for Stephen Buchanan.

The 56-year-old from Ballycarry in Co Antrim was last seen on September 26 in the Groomsport-Millisle area.

The name of the deceased has yet to be released by police. A post-mortem examination was to be carried out to establish the cause of death.

Mr Buchanan’s worried family urged him to contact them last week.

In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph last Wednesday, his sister Linda Hooke said Mr Buchanan may have left home because he was heartbroken by the death of his mother.

Mrs Hooke said her brother had been badly affected by the death in January of their mother Lilian, with whom he lived.

Lilian Buchanan suffered from the mentally degenerative Huntington's Disease and required round-the-clock attention.

She was diagnosed with the condition two years prior to her death and her son dedicated his life to caring for her.

“Mum's condition made her paranoid, anxious and very scared,” said Mrs Hooke.

“She could get up and walk off

at any time so we had to keep an eye on her. Stephen had many sleepless nights, it was very tough on him.

“He was very, very close to her. When she passed we knew we had to keep a close eye on him.

“He didn't like living on his own afterwards. He seemed okay at first then he would be nervous and frenzied. Looking after mum was Stephen's life.”

Police said investigations are ongoing into the cause of the death of the individual found on Saturday.

Officers have said they are continuing to search for a black and orange Canondale bicycle and other cycling equipment that Mr Buchanan used.

Mr Buchanan’s family was unavailable fo r comment last night.

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