Body found in storm drain amid search for teenager Noah Donohoe

A body that police believe to be missing Belfast teenager Noah Donohoe was found in a storm drain, it has been confirmed.

Police in Belfast said that the body was found in North Belfast at around 9.45am on Saturday.

Superintendent Muir Clark said that while that an official identification has not been completed, they believe the body is the missing 14-year-old, who has not been seen since last Sunday evening.

Supt Clark said the storm drain was almost a kilometre long and the specialist search team found it "extremely challenging".

Noah Donohoe missing
The boy was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast (PSNI/PA)

"We did have access to the storm drain complex and it has been searched over the last number of days before we got to the end of the complex," he said.

"It's an extremely challenging environment in which to work and that is why it has taken the length of time to go through that complex.

"They were working in the pitch black and there was a lot of growing to cover.

"In my 30 years in the police, this is one of the most unusual missing person inquiries that I have dealt with."

He also appealed to the public to refrain from posting rumours about the teenager online.

"It is disappointing that I again need to call on people circulating a number of rumours about Noah's disappearance, which are completely without foundation," Supt Clark added.

"This type of commentary and rumour is distressing for Noah's family and is extremely unhelpful.

"An investigation into the circumstances of Noah's disappearance is still continuing but there is no evidence to suggest foul play.

"If people post distasteful and patently untrue rumours on social media, we will investigate that."

On Friday, officers found a bag containing the teenager's laptop, which is being examined by specialist officers.

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People join in the search for missing Noah Donohoe, 14, who was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
Northwood Road in Belfast, the general area where Noah Donohoe was last seen last Sunday. A body that police believe to be the missing Belfast teenager was found in a storm drain.
PSNI Superintendent Muir Clark speaks to media as a body that police believe to be missing Belfast teenager Noah Donohoe was found in a storm drain.
Superintendent Muir Clark, who has hailed the discovery of a backpack belonging to missing Belfast teenager Noah Donohoe as significant. He was speaking to the media during a press conference at Musgrave Street police station in Belfast city centre as the sixth day of the search for the 14-year-old continues.
Fiona Donohoe, the mother of Noah Donohoe, outside Musgrave Police Station in Belfast after the 14 year old was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
A member of the PSNI Hazardous Environment Search Team search a drain in Seaview Park during the search for missing Noah Donohoe, 14, who was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
(left to right) Shona Donohoe, Fiona Donohoe the mother of Noah Donohoe, and Niamh Donohoe outside Musgrave Police Station in Belfast, the 14 year old was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
Community leader Jim Carruthers directs members of the public who are helping in the search for missing Noah Donohoe, 14, who was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
Police search teams carry a camera in Seaview Park during the search for missing Noah Donohoe, 14, who was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
A police searching Seaview Park during the search for missing Noah Donohoe, 14, who was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
A man and a dog inspect a culvert in Seaview Park during the search for missing Noah Donohoe, 14, who was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
A person attaches a poster of missing Noah Donohoe, 14, to a window near where he was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
People join in the search for missing Noah Donohoe, 14, who was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
A person holds a missing poster of Noah Donohoe, 14, as they join in the search for the missing teenager who was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
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"We're continuing to examine the electronic equipment which we have recovered and obviously that forms part of the investigation into the disappearance of Noah," Supt Clark added.

"In any electronic device there are massive amounts of information, so we continue to sift through that information, just to build the picture.

"There will be a post-mortem examination which will be conducted and that will very much, hopefully, give some answers."

He also said that shorts and a coat belonging to Noah are still missing.

A huge search operation has been taking place all week to find Noah, who was last seen in areas close to the Shore Road.

Police believe he may have fallen from his bicycle and hurt his head.

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