Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Boy's quarry death 'unbearable'

The family of 14-year-old Ciaran Sweeney, whose body was found in a quarry in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, have described his death as "unbearable"

The family of a teenage boy whose body was found in a quarry have described his death as "unbearable".

Ciaran Sweeney was found dead on Tuesday after going missing from his home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, more than a fortnight earlier.

The 14-year-old's disappearance sparked a large search operation aided by hundreds of people from the local community.

Nottinghamshire Police yesterday confirmed that a body found in water at Ratcher Hill Quarry in Southwell Road, Mansfield, was Ciaran.

In a joint statement his mother, Rheane O'Neill, and stepmother, Tanya Poulton, said: "Ciaran was a typical 14-year-old boy. He loved watching television, particularly Top Gear, and survival programmes, although he wasn't the type to go off into the wilderness himself.

"The last few weeks have been unbearable and then to not have found Ciaran alive is the worst thing any family could face.

"Our comfort has been the support of all of our family, neighbours and community who have helped us search for him."

Ciaran, who went missing from Mansfield's Oak Tree Lane Estate on September 14, was found in an expanse of water at the quarry.

Chief Inspector Paul Winter said: "This is a case that has deeply affected both the Mansfield and the wider Nottinghamshire community.

"On behalf of the force, I'd like to thank the public for all of their help with the search for Ciaran. The response to our appeals for information was overwhelming and the sight of so many posters in people's windows and cars was a clear demonstration of a community united by the desire to find him. I am only sorry that it has had such a tragic ending."

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