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Funeral for missing Co Down man after remains recovered from Amsterdam canal

Connor Murphy's remains were recovered from a canal in Amsterdam on Friday, February 15
Marie Louise McConville

THE funeral of a Co Down man whose body was recovered from a canal in Amsterdam will take place on Monday.

Connor Murphy, who was 39, had been missing in the Dutch capital since January 13.

His family had travelled to Amsterdam to hand out leaflets and work with the local police to find the Newcastle man, who worked as a chef and had been living in Amsterdam for the past three years.

He had been last seen leaving the Nieuwmarkt area, where he had gone to visit a friend, in the early hours of Sunday, January 13.

Sean McCarry, from Northern Ireland's Community Rescue Service, had also travelled to Amsterdam to help the family, using specialist sonar equipment to search the waterways.

A JustGiving page set up to help the family's search had last week raised more than £6,200.

Last weekend, a post on the #letsfindmurf Facebook page revealed Mr Murphy's remains had been found.

"Day 34 proved to be the end of this nightmare. We didn't get the postcard we hoped for. It is confirmed Connor Murphy was recovered from the canal on Friday 15th February. We got our miracle. We got our son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, best man, cousin and friend back. We as a family are going to take time together to process this. We thank you for your privacy at this time."

The family revealed all the money raised would be donated to the "charities that have helped us and gave us hope and encouragement when we felt there was none".

Requiem Mass for Connor Murphy will take place on Monday at 11am at St Patrick's Church, Bryansford. Burial will take place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

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