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Flowers left close to spot where body of mother found

By Cate McCurry

Published 07/07/2016

Floral tributes at Black Lough in Dungannon
Floral tributes at Black Lough in Dungannon

Two bunches of roses rest near where the body of a popular Co Tyrone woman's body was discovered at a local beauty spot.

Mother-of-four Hilda Kyle from Moygashel was found in the water at Dungannon's Black Lough.

Devastated family and friends left the floral tributes just metres from the water's edge where the 68-year-old's body was pulled from on Tuesday.

A few people stopped beside the flowers and said a quiet prayer in an area usually bustling with walkers.

The widow had taken a taxi to the Black Lough, which is popular with families and anglers, just after 3pm on Monday.

She was reported missing later that evening and rescue teams and police launched a search operation of the area the following morning.

Two boats and a police helicopter assisted in the operation, and after an hour a body was found in the water on the Eglish Road side of the lough.

Her remains were discovered by rescue workers at around 10.15am. Mourners gathered at the pensioner's home as they struggled to come to terms with the tragedy.

It is understood her husband Roy died 12 years ago, and the couple had four children: Denver, Phillip, Trevor and Caroline.

The sudden death comes as Denver is planning his wedding. Mrs Kyle had been diagnosed with cancer and had been in remission until recently. It is also understood she struggled with depression. Online tributes flooded social media as news of her passing spread.

Many described the mother as a "true lady" and a "very jolly lady". One Facebook user posted: "Sweet dreams so sad to hear of your passing."

Another said: "Rest in peace Hilda. You were such a lovely woman and went through a lot. My thoughts are with her sons and extended family. May you rest in peace and God be with you and your lovely family."

Stanley Harvison (63), who lives beside the lough and knew the victim well, said the community is trying to come to terms with her death.

He said: "It's very sad news about the poor woman. She just felt so down. She was a very nice woman."

Ulster Unionist MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Tom Elliott expressed his sadness at her death. "It is very difficult for any family, friends and wider community when such a tragedy comes to the area," he said.

"I wish to convey my deepest sympathies to the entire family circle at this tragic time. I know there will be a lot of sadness within the community at the death."

Mrs Kyle's funeral will take place tomorrow at Dungannon Free Presbyterian Church.

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