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Nightmare is over, says relieved Belfast family after missing Leontia Teague found safe and well

By Amanda Ferguson

The father of a missing woman has spoken of his relief his daughter was found safe and well after disappearing two weeks ago.

Leontia Teague was reported missing on October 30 after she left her accommodation in north Belfast in a distressed state.

Yesterday afternoon a PSNI spokesman said the 20-year-old had now been located and was being reunited with her family.

Since Leontia disappeared from Thorndale Family Centre on Duncairn Avenue, thousands of social media users shared her picture online and her grandmother Nora Darling made an emotional TV appeal on Wednesday for her granddaughter's safe return.

Leontia's parents Conal and Nuala, from the Cavehill area of the city, had also appealed for their daughter to make contact with them, her grandparents or the police in a heartfelt interview with the Belfast Telegraph.

They said they had been going "out of our heads with worry".

Yesterday afternoon Conal took to Twitter to express his relief that his daughter had been found and was safe.

"I am pleased to say that Leontia has been found and is safe and well," he wrote.

"Thanks for all your support."

Last night Mr Teague expressed his gratitude to the PSNI for all its efforts in helping to locate Leontia.

"The family are over the Moon she is safe and well," he said.

"The nightmare is over.

"We want to thank the PSNI for their hard work."

Meanwhile, a Polish woman who had been missing since Monday has also been found safe and well, police said.

The PSNI had been concerned for the welfare of 41-year-old Edyta Dorota Mazurek, who had last been seen in the Ballymena Road area of Antrim.

Police confirmed she was located yesterday morning and was in good health.

Last week this newspaper revealed that police in Northern Ireland handle more than 10,000 missing person reports every year.

Most people turn up within 24 hours.

Factfile

The latest statistics available indicate that over a six-month period last year the PSNI received 5,273 reports of missing people.

The PSNI website features the details of 18 people who have been missing for long periods of time.

Among them is Martin Kelly, missing from Belfast since 2006, and Samuel Campbell from Kells, missing since 2012.

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