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Body in Foyle may be missing youth

By Clare Weir

A body found in the River Foyle in Londonderry is feared to be that of a schoolboy who went missing just over two weeks ago.

The police said that a body was removed from the river yesterday, near where the teenage schoolboy - who has not been named - was last seen earlier this month.

A post-mortem examination is to be carried out to ascertain the cause of death.

"The body of a male was found at 9am on Sunday," a PSNI spokesman said.

"Inquiries into that incident are ongoing and a post-mortem examination is to be carried out."

It is understood that the remains were found in a stretch of the river near Culmore, just outside the city.

The body is thought to be that of a 17-year-old who was seen falling into the river from the Foyle Bridge in Derry just over a fortnight ago.

The teenager was a student at St Columb's College, which cancelled a school formal after his disappearance.

The youth was seen falling into the River Foyle at around 3.20am on Friday, November 2.

Meanwhile, a body recovered by the Fire and Rescue Service from a lough in Crossgar is understood to be that of a "vulnerable" 41-year-old woman who was reported missing by police yesterday morning.

She had last been seen on the Killyleagh Road in Crossgar on Friday night.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "The body of a female was found in a lough in Crossgar on Sunday morning.

"Police are conducting inquiries surrounding the discovery but at this stage the circumstances are not thought to be suspicious and a crime is not suspected."

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