Derry teen Caoimhin Cassidy feared to have died in torched car
Tributes were last night paid to a teenager whose body is believed to have been found in a burning vehicle in a Londonderry housing estate.
Shortly after 4am on Saturday morning firefighters discovered a man's body in the passenger seat of a red Mazda car in the Galliagh estate.
The vehicle had earlier been stolen in the Rosemount area of the city.
Police said they had received reports that the car had struck a lamppost in the nearby Fairview Road at around 4am, had caught fire and travelled further into the estate before coming to a halt in Galliagh Park.
Police had issued an appeal to help them identify the man's body and urged people to check on their loved ones, particularly males, who they had not had contact with in a few days.
The family and friends of 18-year-old Caoimhin Cassidy, from Creggan Heights in the city, had appealed on social media for help in finding him as he had not been in contact with any of them since Friday afternoon, 12 hours before the incident.
Police yesterday issued an official missing person's appeal for Caoimhin across their networks.
Last night his girlfriend Raychel McLaughlin said: "My nightmare has become reality. No words can describe how I feel at the minute.
"Rest in peace baby boy. I will always, always love you."
His friends paid tribute to the young man who they knew affectionately as 'Toot'.
"It's scary you can be talking to someone one day, and they are gone forever the next," said one.
"No one deserves to go like [that]. RIP Toot."
Another wrote: "It's so sad. I can't get him out of my head. Rest easy pal. Forever young."
And another friend said: "Sleep tight Caoimhin. 18 years young. Such a shame.
"Look over everyone. Praying they find strength during this hard time."
The PSNI said that until a full post-mortem examination was complete they would not be making any comment on the matter.