Tributes left at Dean McIlwaine barber shop as family say they 'will never be the same again'
Family 'heartbroken' as it's confirmed Cave Hill body find is missing man
The family of Dean McIlwaine has said they are heartbroken and thanked the many hundreds of volunteers who helped "bring him back to us" after he was found on the Cave Hill on Saturday.
Volunteers swamped the Cave Hill Country Park on Saturday as part of the search for the 22-year-old Newtownabbey man. He went missing on July 13 and searches had taken place in Belfast and close to his home.
The last confirmed sighting of Dean had been in a shop on the Carnmoney Road. His mobile phone has been switched off and he had not used his bankcards since withdrawing £30 from a cash machine on the day he went missing.
Since his disappearance, which shocked many of his friends and family there had been a big drive to help spread awareness and try and track his movements.
On Sunday, and in a Facebook post, his aunt Kim Malone thanked all those who had helped with the search. She said the family would "never be the same again".
"It wasn't unfortunately the outcome we had hoped and prayed for but we have him," she said, "the entire family are heartbroken."
"Dean was a loving gorgeous talented hard working young man who had everything going for him... our family will never be the same again.
She thanked the many people who helped with the search including his friend Davy McCrum "who brought him back to us".
On Sunday tributes were left at the barber shop Dean was intending to open. A writing on the side of a cup of coffee left at the shop simply said: "This one on me my brother xxx"
"Dean's in Heaven," said another tribute.
I'm sure by now most of you are aware Dean Mac was found yesterday it wasn't unfortunately the outcome we had hoped and...Posted by Kim Malone on Sunday, July 23, 2017
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