Belfast Telegraph

Family pleads for more help to find Michael McGinley

By Victoria Leonard

A Londonderry family are appealing for the public's help to find the body of their 27-year-old brother, who has been missing since he was seen entering the River Foyle last month.

Michael McGinley's siblings, Samuel, Laura and Danielle McGinley, who have also lost their father and mother to terminal illnesses in the past two years, are now searching the Foyle for their brother's body.

They are co-ordinating the searches from a headquarters at Daisyfields on the Foyle Road, close to the river bank. Their efforts are being supported by friends and by members of North West Search and Foyle Search and Rescue.

"Every day wakening up, you're saying today is maybe going to be the day that we find him and then every night you go home it's mental torture," Samuel told ITV news.

Michael's cousin Michelle added: "People are coming together, Derry, Strabane, they're all coming but we're just looking for more and more help, as many eyes on that water as we can get."

Michael's mental health reportedly deteriorated in the weeks before his disappearance, and he made repeated threats to take his own life.

His desperate family pleaded with medical professionals to admit him to a psychiatric hospital on three occasions, but instead he was prescribed medication.

"More could have been done, a lot more could have been done," Samuel said. "I feel if he had have been sectioned that day when he said 'I'm not going to be here next week' he still would've been here."

The family are determined to keep searching until they find their missing loved one.

Samuel added: "We can't even lay him to rest because we don't know where he is, he could be anywhere in that water, anywhere."

If you are affected by any issues in this article, please contact the Samaritans free on 116123 or Lifeline on 080 8808 8000

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