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Body found during search for Dean McIlwaine on Belfast's Cave Hill

Police have confirmed that a body has been found during the search for missing Northern Ireland man Dean McIlwaine.

The remains have not yet been identified.

Inspector Mark Cavanagh said: “Police can confirm that the body of a man has been found in the Cavehill area of north Belfast. A post mortem will be carried out in due course to determine the cause of death. There are no further details at this time.”

Hundreds of volunteers had answered an appeal to help out with the new search for the Newtownabbey man at Cave Hill country park. The volunteers were  supported by the Northern Ireland Land Rovers club, Belfast City Council, Belfast Hills along with land owners and the PSNI.

The last confirmed sighting of Dean had been at the Co-Op garage on Carnmoney Road. His mobile phone has been switched off and he had not used his bankcards since withdrawing £30 from a cash machine on the day he went missing.

Leaflets with Mr McIlwaine's photo were handed out in the hope of jogging any memories of his movements. Speaking at the appeal yesterday, brother Glen said that he idolised Dean.

"I just want to say, Dean, wherever you are, just let us know, I need my brother back, mum and dad need their son back," he said.

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