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Family pay tribute to 'gentle and compassionate' Ryan Smyth after body recovered


Ryan Smyth.

Ryan Smyth.

Ryan Smyth.

The family of Belfast man Ryan Smyth have paid tribute to him after his body was recovered on Wednesday.

Mr Smyth had gone missing on Monday, his body was found by police and the Community Rescue Service during searches in north Belfast.

Writing on social media, Ryan's mum Debbie said that she would love him forever.

"Rest in peace my sweet angel, we love you forever and ever, my gentle, compassionate, loving son," she wrote.

Ryan's twin sister Jordan wrote that she had lost her "other half".

"I loved him and he loved me and we will be together forever whether it's on earth or in heaven, my twin brother Ryan Smyth," she wrote.

"I am unbelievably proud of you, thank you for being my best friend and always, no matter what, being there for me.

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"I know your at peace now, I love you with all heart and soul and I always will."

Police confirmed that the 28-year-old's body had been discovered on Wednesday.

"A post-mortem will be carried out to determine the cause of death, however, it is not being treated as suspicious at this time," a PSNI spokesperson said.

A Community Rescue Service (CRS) spokesperson said that a body had been recovered following searches in north Belfast.

"From early Tuesday morning CRS volunteers were deployed to the North Belfast area to search for a high-risk missing person who had been missing from home for some time. Searches were carried out across a wide area involving CRS and police," the spokesperson said.

"CRS volunteers were assisted by Lowland Rescue Search dog Tess. LR Dogs are trained and deployed through a joint working arrangement with our colleagues in Search And Rescue Dog Association - SARDA Ireland North

"We regret to inform you that on the afternoon of Tuesday, CRS volunteers discovered a body believed to be that of the missing person. The management and volunteers of the Community Rescue Service extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased."

Belfast Telegraph

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