A overall body considered to be that of the missing Belfast teen Noah Donohoe was uncovered in a storm drain, police have mentioned.
The 14-year-old was last witnessed shut to the Shore Highway in north Belfast last Sunday evening.
A physique was found at 09:45 BST on Saturday in the 1km-very long drain. Professional officers had been hunting it because the teenager disappeared.
Supt Muir Clark stated he did not believe there was any foul engage in.
He added: “Whilst we have no formal identification, we feel it is the lacking teenager Noah Donohoe.
“Our views and sympathies are with Noah’s family members and we are continuing to deliver aid to them at this really challenging and heartbreaking time.
“It is disappointing that I, once again, require to comment about folks circulating a range rumours about Noah’s disappearance which are totally with out foundation.
“This variety of commentary and rumour is distressing for Noah’s household and unhelpful.”
On Friday, police observed Noah’s backpack, e book and laptop computer just after receiving information and facts from the public.
The recovered merchandise ended up a khaki rucksack made up of a Lenovo laptop computer and a duplicate of the ebook 12 Rules for Lifetime by Jordan Peterson.
Law enforcement have beforehand stated he could have fallen from his bicycle and sustained an damage, creating him to take away his apparel.
On Friday, Supt Clark said it was “nevertheless unclear” as to why Noah, who was from south Belfast, was in that portion of the town.
Expert groups, police and local community rescue products and services as properly as hundreds of volunteers have been included in the search for the St Malachy’s Higher education schoolboy in excess of the previous number of days.
Sean McCarry, from Group Research and Rescue, explained the outcome as a tragedy.
“We have to preserve likely till we come across any individual,” he reported, “and the sadness of this, and I can see it in the faces of our volunteers and I am certain it is the identical for the law enforcement officers but it is most certainly the very same for his relatives and pals.”
North Belfast MP John Finucane reported: “This is tragic and heartbreaking information for his family members and friends and all who knew him, as properly as the whole community who have been associated in the look for for him around the latest days.”
Anyone with info about Noah is urged to get hold of the PSNI’s major incident general public portal – a 24-hour on-line reporting platform.
Meanwhile, law enforcement investigating the teenager’s disappearance have charged a 26-yr-previous male with inappropriate use of public electronic communications community in relation to social media posts.
He is because of to show up at Belfast Magistrates’ Courtroom future thirty day period.