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Body recovered of Cookstown woman who lost son in 2004 Thai tsunami

The body of missing Cookstown woman Teresa Keightley (72) was discovered outside the town on Wednesday.

Mrs Keightley's son Connor was the only Northern Irish victim of the devastating 2004 Thai tsunami that killed tens of thousands of people in south-east Asia 14 years ago has gone missing.

She had gone missing on Monday.

Sean McCarry from the Community Rescue Service confirmed that Mrs Keightly's body was recovered on Wednesday.

"We want to issue our deepest sympathies to Mrs Keightly's family, our heart goes out to them.

"Knowing what her family had gone through in the past it was really important for us to get her home."

Police confirmed that Mrs Keightley was "no longer considered a missing person" but said they would make no further comment at the request of her family.

Connor Keightley went missing during the 2004 Thai tsunami and family members travelled to the country to search for him.

The day before the family was due to return home, his remains were found in a makeshift mortuary in Krabi, a town on the Phi Phi islands.

He was identified by his dental records, a tattoo and a distinctive watch that he had been wearing at the time of the disaster.

Connor's parents learned of their son's fate in a telephone call from Thailand. Mrs Keightley said at the time that despite going through such a harrowing experience, she had managed to find some peace.

Mrs Keightley is survived by her daughters Michelle and Darina.

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