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Police confirm River Foyle body find is missing Jack Glenn

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Police confirm River Foyle body find is missing Jack Glenn thumbnailThe late Jack Glenn pictured with his mum, Hester.

A BODY found in the River Foyle on Monday has been confirmed as that of missing Jack Glenn.

The 23-year-old man, who is originally from Artigarvan, went into the River Foyle seven-and-a-half weeks ago on February 2.

His parents, Hester and Colin, sister Katie and grandparents, had maintained a constant vigil by the riverside with volunteers who joined them in their searches.

Hundreds of people - many total strangers - turned out over the past seven weeks to help Jack's family and friends patrolling the river banks day and daily.

Rescue teams led by Foyle Search and Rescue with local teams from Mourne River Search and Rescue and Strabane Community Rescue and other agencies, including the Boyne Fishermen River Rescue team, had also been involved in the daily searches.

Regular vigils have also been held at 'Camp Jack' close to the river and prayers offered for the family.

On Monday, it was confirmed that a body had been recovered from the river at around 1.30pm. It was then taken to Belfast for a post-mortem and formal identification.

Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday), Jack's father confirmed that the body recovered was his son.

Speaking via the 'Get Jack Back' Facebook page which was set-up as part of the operation to recover the talented sportsman's body, Colin Glenn thanked the public for their continued support and prayers.

"At last I can confirm we got Jack back," he began. "Jack will be laid to rest on Saturday, April 1. Jack's remains will leave his grandparents home 55 Caw Hill Park, Waterside, Londonderry/Derry at 12.30pm for a 1 o'clock service in Ebrington Presbyterian church followed buy burial in Altnagelvin cemetery.

"Everyone is welcome and I would love to see you all again. Thank you all for your hard work, help and support over the past seven and a half weeks," the devastated father said.

A PSNI spokesperson added: "This has been an immensely difficult time for Jack's family and friends. We would like to pay tribute to them in their dedication to Jack.

"We would also like to thank all those who have played a part in helping get Jack back. Our thoughts are of course with Jack's family and friends at this time."

The Glenn family over recent weeks have also been supporting the relatives and search teams looking along the Foyle for 18-year-old Dean Millar, from the city, since he disappeared after a night out earlier this month. It is feared he too entered the river.

If you or someone you know is in distress or despair, you can call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000 free of charge.

This is a confidential service, where trained counsellors will listen and help immediately on the phone and follow up with other support if necessary. The helpline is available 24 hours a day, every day.

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