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Missing Belfast woman Leontia Teague has been found safe

Missing Belfast woman Leontia Teague has been found safe.

She was located this morning in the Bangor area.

Police say she is safe and currently being reunited with family.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Reid said: “Police would like to wholeheartedly thank members of the public and all of the media that assisted in the process of circulating appeals, which have resulted in Leontia being successfully located this morning in the Bangor area. 

"Leontia is safe and is currently being reunited with family.”

The 20-year-old from north Belfast had not been seen since October 30.

Leontia's father Conal Teague took to Twitter to express his relief that she has been found.

 "I am pleased to say that Leontia  has been found and is safe and well," he wrote.

"Thanks for all your support."

On Wednesday in a heartfelt public appeal, her grandmother Nora Darling begged for the safe return of her grand-daughter. Previously her parents had also appealed for her safe return.

She said: "Please, please come home. You know today is my birthday so please make it a very special day for me. We all love you and are thinking of you.

"Please, please come home."

Leontia, who had been staying at a Salvation Army hostel, disappeared after visiting her grandmother's home at Evelyn Gardens in north Belfast at about 4pm on Thursday, October 30.

Earlier in the day she had left the Thorndale Family Centre on Duncairn Avenue in a distressed state, police said.

Mrs Darling described her grand-daughter as caring, bubbly and artistic with an interest in religion. In recent years it is understood she become something of a loner.

In a direct message to her grand-daughter, Mrs Darling said: "Leontia we want to know where you are or what has happened. Please, please come home. All you belongings have been taken out of the centre and are now at home.

"If you don't want to come home please get in touch with me if you need anything; want to say anything or if anything has gone wrong -- we can all talk about it and see what has happened."

There had been no confirmed sightings of the 20-year-old since she disappeared from her home the day before Halloween.

Last week her parents Conal and Nuala Teague told the Belfast Telegraph they wanted their daughter to make contact with them, her grandparents or the police.

Social media users shared pictures of Leontia in the hope the images would jog someone's memory.

Belfast Telegraph