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Police confirm body found in River Foyle is missing Jack Glenn

'At last we got Jack back' say Glenn family

By Claire Williamson

Police have confirmed a body recovered from the River Foyle is that of Jack Glenn who had been missing since February 2.

An extensive search operation of the Foyle and its embankments had been ongoing for the past 52 days since the 23-year-old was last seen entering the river.

The search operation after 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.

Hundreds of people joined the search to help the emergency and rescue service teams.

They also attended regular vigils close to the river to support the family.

Speaking ahead of one of the vigil's Jack's sister Katie described him as an "amazing brother who lit up every room he went into".

She said: "Jack was so sporty, so talented at everything he put his hand to, he was amazing.

“He was my brother and my best friend.”

Ahead of the formal identification Jack Glenn's father Colin thanked the public for their continued support and prayers.

Posting on the social media page set up in a bid to get the public to help search for his son, Jack's father Colin confirmed the news.

Mr Glenn said: "At last I can confirm we got Jack back.

"Thank you all for your hard work , help and support over the past 7 1/2 weeks."

The family have announced that the funeral will take place on Saturday April 1 and the service will take place at Ebrington Presbyterian church followed by burial in Altnagelvin cemetery.

The Glenn family said "everyone would and I would love to see you all again".

On Tuesday police confirmed after identification had taken place that Jack's body had been found.

The body was recovered by the Boyne Fisherman's Rescue and Recovery team.

The PSNI said: "Police can confirm that a formal identification has concluded identifying Jack Glenn as being recovered from the River Foyle.

"This has been an immensely difficult time for Jack’s family and friends. We would like to pay tribute to them in their dedication to Jack.

"We would also like to thank all those who have played a part in helping get Jack back.

"Our thoughts are of course with Jack’s family and friends at this time."

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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