Body found in search for missing teen

Seamus McKinney

A body has been found in the search for missing derry teenager Andrew Quigley.

The body, understood to be that of a male, was recovered from Derry's River Foyle at Meadowbank, next to a Sainsbury's store car park around 9am yesterday.

The body was taken from the water by members of the city's Foyle Search and Rescue organisation.

While the remains have yet to be identified, the family of missing 19-year-old Andrew Quigley have thanked the public for their support and appealed for privacy.

Stephen Quigley used social networking site Twitter to thank local people for their help. "After four long weeks it looks like we have found Andrew. I thank the great people of derry who never stopped looking for him. RIP bud," he said.

A huge search was launched after Mr Quigley, from the city's Galliagh area, went missing on January 18.

Mr Quigley's family was joined by members of the

public as well as police, Foyle Search and Rescue and the Irish Coastguard after some of the teenager's personal belongings were discovered on the Foyle bridge.

Mr Quigley's family later revealed that in the past he had drug and alcohol issues. The teenager's case sparked a new campaign for better facilities for young people dealing with drug and alcohol problems.

A week after Mr Quigley went missing, hundreds of people attended a rally organised by his family on the banks of the River Foyle.

At the rally, Mr Quigley's mother, Colette, called for more to be done for young people struggling with drug and alcohol issues.

The Derry woman spoke of her pain since her son's disappearance. "My heart is beating and there is blood pumping around my body but I feel dead," she said.

He might have been 6ft 3ins but to me Andrew was only a child."

As a result of Mr Quigley's case, there have been calls for a detox and stabilisation facility to be established in Derry.

SDLP assembly member Pat Ramsey said that people seeking such facilities could be forced to travel to Antrim if new Health and Social Care board plans go ahead.

Mr Ramsey has called for a new dedicated centre to deal with the issue to be based at Gransha on the outskirts of derry.


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