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Family of missing Jack Glenn in anxious wait after body found in Foyle

By Donna Deeney

The family of a young Londonderry man who has been missing since February 2 are waiting to find out if a body recovered from the River Foyle yesterday morning is his.

Jack Glenn's father Colin thanked the public for their continued support and prayers as the family wait for the body to be formally identified.

On a social media page set up as part of the operation to get help from the public in the search for his 23-year-old son, Mr Glenn said: "Everyone will be aware of the reports that a body was recovered from the River Foyle by Boyne fishermen.

"At this stage the authorities are going through their procedures of formal identification.

"Our families hope and pray that this will be Jack and that we can finally get him home.

"We thank you all for your continued help, support, thoughts and prayers."

It it understood the remains of the man have been taken to Belfast so that a post mortem can be carried out, which will allow formal identification to take place.

An extensive search operation of the Foyle and its embankments has been ongoing for the past 52 days since Jack Glenn was last seen, entering the river.

The search was sadly extended earlier this month when the family of another young man, Dean Millar (18) reported to police his failure to return home after a night out.

Since then the two families have been supporting each other in their grief - something that will no doubt continue until the remains of both Jack Glenn and Dean Millar are known to have been recovered.

Speaking earlier to the Belfast Telegraph, Jack's mother Hester Glenn said the only person who truly understood what she was going through was Dean's mother.

"She is the one woman in this city that knows exactly how I feel and I know what she is going through," said Hester.

"She told me exactly that, she said, 'I feel your pain'. And she does.

"We are two mothers who desperately want to get our sons back."

The social media page set up to help with the search for Dean contains a poignant reminder that while one body has been recovered, searches of the Foyle and its embankment continue.

The post read: "Today a body was recovered from The River Foyle, although there is a lot of speculation out there of the identity.

"We will not be posting any search updates apart from search times until the identity has been confirmed.

"This is a sad time for both families, but thank God one boy is going home."

The search operation which began with Jack's disappearance was the biggest ever seen in Derry and was sparked by his uncle Wayne who launched a Facebook page and used a hashtag #GetJackBack to spread the word.

This drew people from both sides of the border to the banks of the Foyle, touched by the family's grief and wanted to help.

The volunteers who had combed the river's embankments for the past seven weeks were matched by a wide number of water based search organisations, including Boyne Fishermen's River Rescue, who have maintained a steady presence on the river.

If you or someone you know is in despair, you can call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000. This is a confidential service, where trained counsellors will listen and help immediately on the phone and follow up with other support if necessary. The helpline is available 24 hours a day, every day

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