Just over two months ago Peter Lynch got the phone call his family had spent 18 years waiting for.
That call on May 19 brought news that a car had been recovered from Upper Lough Erne in Co Fermanagh.
The white Mitsubishi Galant was discovered in Lough Corradilar near Lisnaskea by two fishermen who were aware of a renewed search of loughs and quarries along the border for Peter's father Tony.
Ten days later came confirmation that the human remains discovered in the vehicle were those of the 54-year-old.
The father-of-four was last seen on Fermanagh Street in Clones at 2pm on Sunday, January 6, 2002.
He was reported missing by his worried family three days later after he failed to turn up for work.
Tony had moved from the family home in Magheraveely in Co Fermanagh to a flat in the Co Monaghan town for work two months earlier.
The breakthrough followed numerous searches in the Monaghan and Fermanagh areas after his wife Angela and their children renewed their appeal for information on his disappearance last year.
Angela admitted in a TV plea at the time that she had come to terms with the fact that Tony might be dead but just wanted to finally be able to lay him to rest.
Afterwards 10 loughs and flooded quarries were checked by gardai with the assistance of civil defence volunteers and local sub aqua groups.
And then, earlier this year, the phone rang.
"I literally couldn't believe it when we got that phone call in May," Peter (30) said on Tuesday.
"Even with all the searches and media appeals for information, deep down I never thought that we would ever find Dad.
"I was shaking when I got the news and I still can't believe it in some ways. I was working in England at the time and had only returned from being at home.
"Luckily my brother was over there too, so the two of us just had to turn around again and head back on the ferry.
"I really didn't think we would ever get to that point, and then to find out that Dad was only ever five miles away, at a place where my mother says we have been loads of times as a family, even with him.
"I have been there myself many times since, and even swam in the lake and sailed boats right above where he was, which is crazy.
"It's an unbelievable relief and a big weight off our shoulders.
"Because I didn't think we would ever find him, I'd never imagined what it would be like if we actually did."
Peter says he and his family will be forever indebted to the fishermen who helped bring them their long-awaited closure.
He recalled: "Back in 2002 we had started our searches at inland lakes around Clones and the border area where Dad went missing.
"When the PSNI came on board we had lined out some inland lakes in Northern Ireland where cars could drive off slipways.
"Once you got to that area where Dad was found in Lough Erne, there are slipways everywhere.
"Truthfully, I think that even if we had started our searches in Northern Ireland we would never have ever got to where he was eventually found.
"It would have been just too vast an area to cover and I don't know how long the police would have held on in terms of manpower and resources."
Peter says the family are "so grateful" to the two fishermen, who were working for Waterways Ireland at the time. They found his father's car while checking eel nets because they had up-to-date sonar technology.
He added: "They had spotted us out on one of our previous searches around a Co Monaghan lake and asked about our case.
"They were fit to tell us that there was nothing in that particular area because they had dived in themselves and tested their equipment there already.
"One of the fishermen told me that once he knew what we were looking for he had always kept an eye out when he was working on other lakes.
"Luckily enough he knew to keep watching and eventually found Dad by having the right equipment in the right place at the right time.
"He has no idea how much he has done for us, and as a family we will be forever grateful."
Peter is planning to meet the fishermen this week and he hopes they will be able to answer some of the family's outstanding questions.
For now he is just grateful to finally be able to talk to his own two young children about their Granda Lynch.
"They were always asking questions about where he was and we had to tell them that he was away because they were too young to understand," he said.
"I couldn't say he had died because there was no grave to go to, but now that we have him back we can talk to them a bit more about what happened."
Tony was laid to rest in Donagh cemetery on May 30 and Peter says he was given the best send-off possible despite the Covid-19 restrictions.
"We cried the whole way to the cemetery because there were so many people lining the roads to pay their respects - it's something we'll never forget," he recalled.
At the weekend a rusting Ford Orion car was discovered at the bottom of the River Bann near Bellaghy.
Police say it is potentially linked to the disappearance of Tobermore man James Patterson (54), who vanished without a trace in October 1991.
Peter hopes the Patterson family will also get the outcome they have been seeking after 29 years.
"It's a great relief when you find that missing person and have a grave to visit," he said.
"I hope they might get the same closure after all this time.
"We never thought we would, and it's a huge shock when it finally happens."