Body found in hunt for teenager, 14, who fell off his bike and hit his head

Police have been searching for Noah Donohoe this week
Police have been searching for Noah Donohoe this week after he went missing in Belfast (Photo: PA)

 

Police believe they have found the body of a 14-year-old boy who went missing in Northern Ireland.

Noah Donohoe’s disappearance sparked a huge police operation in Belfast this week, when a teenager matching his description was seen suffering a head injury after falling off his bike.

Police Service Northern Ireland said in a statement this afternoon: ‘Police can confirm a body was recovered in north Belfast area just before 9.45am.

‘Officers believe it is the missing teenager Noah Donohoe and are continuing to provide support to his family at this very difficult time.

‘Enquiries are continuing and there are no further details at this stage. Please refrain from speculation as this is not helpful.’

It comes after police launched an urgent hunt this week to find Noah, who was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.

He is thought to be from south Belfast. Witnesses said they saw someone fitting Noah’s description fall off his bike on Sunday evening and a short time later he was seen cycling while naked.

A police spokesperson said: ‘An eyewitness believes they saw a young male matching Noah’s description fall off his bicycle on Sunday evening, possibly sustaining a head injury, in the vicinity of North Queen Street/York Street, but we do not know the specific time.

A picture of Noah Donohoe
Noah Donohoe’s family said his disappearance is out of character

 

A huge search was on for the missing 14-year-old
A huge search was on for the missing 14-year-old (Picture: Photopress Belfast)

 

‘We believe Noah got back on his bicycle, cycling into Northwood Road where he then abandons all his clothing, as he is seen a short time later cycling while naked. We believe Noah then dropped his bicycle and left the area on foot.’

The schoolboy was on a black Apollo mountain bike wearing a khaki green North Face jacket, a tie-dye light blue/navy hoody, grey sweat shorts with an emblem on one leg and a khaki rucksack.

Police officers supported by air support units, police dogs and a tactical support group have been searching the area alongside community rescue service colleagues and local volunteers.

The spokesperson added: ‘Noah’s family and police are very concerned for Noah as this is completely out of character.’

They said that anyone with any information should contact police immediately on 101 quoting reference number 1619 of 21/06/20.

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