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John Thompson: Body found in River Bann is that of missing musician, police confirm

By Rebecca Black

Published 23/08/2016

Missing: John Thomspon
Missing: John Thomspon
Rescue services search the River Bann on Sunday evening after clothes were found at the Barmouth

There has been further anguish for the family and friends of missing Portstewart man John Thompson following the discovery of a body close to where he was last seen.

The PSNI revealed last night that the body of a man has been located in the River Bann. On Monday police confirmed that that the body was that of 56 year-old Mr Thompson.

A police spokeswoman added that officers are not at this time treating the death as suspicious. Mr Thompson was originally from Ballyclare but had settled in Portstewart and had two children.

He was well known and regarded within the community, particularly for his talents musically.

One of his friends on social media described him as a "very talented flautist" and revealed he had played at many care homes where he had a "caring way" with residents.

Others who had worked with Mr Thompson at Hughes Insurance described him as a "lovely guy", adding they were "gutted" by his disappearance.

Mr Thompson was last seen around midday on Saturday in Portstewart. It is believed that Mr Thompson may have had a bicycle with him at the time he went missing.

In an appeal, police had described him as being 5ft 10ins tall, with dark brown hair and when last seen he was wearing blue 3/4 length shorts and a red raincoat.

A sea search operation was launched after clothing was found near the entrance of the River Bann between Portstewart and Castlerock.

Civilian boats, RNLI jet skis, HM Coastguard and Community Rescue Service were among those involved in the search.

Rescue services search the River Bann on Sunday evening after clothes were found at the Barmouth
Rescue services search the River Bann on Sunday evening after clothes were found at the Barmouth

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