Tribute to ‘beautiful, caring’ Nicola Murray after body is found
The family of Nicola Murray have paid tribute to the 43-year-old Cushendall woman after her body was found on the shores of Scotland at the weekend.
She was last seen walking by the shoreline near Cushendall Golf Club on March 16.
Hopes that she would be found alive were dashed on Saturday afternoon when police revealed her body had been recovered from the water north of Campbeltown in Scotland.
Posting on Facebook, her family paid tribute to "a beautiful, caring, warm-hearted woman".
The post read: "With deep sadness we can now confirm the body found in Scotland was that of Nikki.
"Nikki was a beautiful, caring, warm-hearted woman, with a smile that could light up a room. Nikki will be terribly missed.
"To the official services, local community, businesses, volunteers, anonymous helpers, local media and all those who have shared the news far and wide, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your help in our search to find Nikki and bring her home.
"Thank you again for all your kind thoughts and prayers.
"Please accept our thanks as a token of appreciation for all the kindness and help we have been shown. May Nikki rest in peace."
Among those who responded to the message, to send her sympathy, was a relative of Ruth Maguire, the 30-year-old health assistant found dead after she went missing during a night out in Carlingford, Co Louth.
She said: "I am devastated to hear this. Our family have been through the same heartache this week. I was so hoping that your search would have a happier ending than ours.
"Sending you lots of love from our family to yours."