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Norman Galbraith: Body of missing Co Antrim man found in Ballymoney

Published 15/04/2016

Co Antrim man Norman Galbraith went missing at the end of July 2015
Co Antrim man Norman Galbraith went missing at the end of July 2015
The scene on the Bravellan Road outside Ballymoney on Thursday after the remains of a body was found. Picture: MARK JAMIESON.
Police at the scene where the man’s body was found near Ballymoney yesterday
Disappeared: Norman Galbraith
Specialist teams searching for Norman Galbraith Pic PSNI
Searchers scouring the countryside after the man's disappearance
CCTV footage of Norman Galbraith at Ballymoney railway station on July 31

A body found in the Bravallan Road area of Ballymoney on Thursday has been identified as Co Antrim man Norman Galbraith who went missing at the end of July 2015.

Relatives of the missing 66-year-old Co Antrim man were at the scene after the discovery of a body on Thursday night.

Norman Galbraith's body was found in a drainage ditch yesterday morning after a member of the public spotted clothing in water on the Bravallen Road, three miles from Ballymoney.

The remains were removed from the scene and a post-mortem examination was due to be held in a bid to establish the identity.

Last night the civilian Community Rescue Service, which had been assisting the police in a search for Mr Galbraith (66), were at the scene.

A specialist police body recovery team had also been drafted in.

A local man, who did not wish to be identified, said: "It is a lonely spot for somebody to end up and everybody is shocked that a body has been found in the area.

"Whoever this was, it is a tragedy for their family."

Mr Galbraith went missing in July last year and a few days later his wallet was found in the Burnquarter Road area a short distance away from where the body was discovered.

A PSNI spokesman said: "Human remains were found in a field in the Bravallen Road area of Ballymoney.

"Tests will be carried out to establish formal identification - however, the death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage."

The spot where the body was found is very desolate and the closest house is hundreds of metres away.

Much of the land is virtually bogland.

Sean McCarry from the Community Rescue Service said the body was found around 200ft from the Bravallan Road.

He said: "A member of the public spotted clothing in water around 11am and alerted police after the discovery of the human remains in a drain.

"It is a ditch or a sheugh as some people would describe it."

He said the drain was overgrown and it would have been possible for the remains to have lain undiscovered for some time.

Mr McCarry said tests were taking place to identify the body.

He said the Community Rescue Team had been searching for Mr Galbraith for a number of months as part of a PSNI search plan.

Mr McCarry said its role at the scene was to assist with the recovery of the remains.

At the end of March, police announced they would be conducting further searches to locate Mr Galbraith who went missing at the end of July 2015.

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