United Kingdom NOAH DONOHOE: Missing from Belfast, Ireland - 21 June 2020 - Age 14 *Found Deceased*

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Police say missing Noah Donohoe (14) may have head injury after abandoning clothing

It's believed missing Belfast schoolboy Noah Donohoe may have a head injury after falling off his bike and abandoning his clothing, police have said in an urgent appeal.

The 14-year-old left his home in south Belfast on Sunday at around 5.30pm and there have been increasing concerns for his welfare.

Noah left his home on his black Apollo mountain bike wearing a black skateboarding helmet, khaki green North Face jacket, grey sweat shorts with an emblem on one leg, a tie-die blue hoody, Nike trainers with a bright yellow ‘tick’ and carrying a khaki rucksack.

He was seen on Ormeau Avenue at 5.45pm and on Royal Avenue heading towards York Street a short time after.

Noah was then seen on North Queen Street heading towards the Limestone Road at 5.57pm.

Chief Inspector Gavin Kirkpatrick 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.

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.

“There have been no further confirmed sightings of Noah since 6.08pm on Sunday."


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Teams of volunteers join search for missing Belfast schoolboy Noah Donohoe (14)

TEAMS of volunteers came together in north Belfast on Tuesday night to search for a missing schoolboy who may have sustained a head injury.


His family have told police that the behaviour is out of character.

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

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Noah Donohoe: Hundreds join search for missing teenager who may be concussed

Police have issued an urgent appeal for information about a missing child who may be concussed and confused after falling off his bicycle in Belfast.

Hundreds of people are taking part in a second day of searches for Noah Donohoe, 14, who has not been seen since Sunday evening.

Officers searching for the teenager are being assisted by the air support unit, a tactical support group, Community Service Rescue colleagues and volunteers from the local community.

Chief Inspector Kilpatrick added: "Noah's family and police are very concerned for Noah as this is completely out of character. We need help from the public to find him."


Noah Donohoe: Police ask people to check property for missing teen

Police searching for a 14-year-old boy who went missing in north Belfast three days ago have urged people to check their property for him.

Supt Muir Clark said Noah was "not in any trouble" and appealed for him to "let us know you are safe".

A number of items belonging to the teenager, including his bicycle and some clothing, have been found.

In a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, joined by Noah's mother Fiona, Supt Clark said his family was "completely distraught".

"This behaviour is completely outside Noah's character," he added.

He said Noah had been seen walking towards a wooded area, which had been searched and would be searched again and appealed for anyone who was on North Queen Street or York Street at about 18:00 BST on Sunday and who has dashcam or CCTV footage to contact them.

"We would also ask people in the area of Skegoneill Avenue, Northwood, Premier Drive to check their outbuildings," Supt Clark said.

"We would appeal for people in that area to check all of the nooks and the crannies to make sure that Noah is not there or, if he is there, we find and give him any assistance required."

He added: "We have grave concerns and we want to find Noah as soon as possible

"We're very grateful for the cross-community help that we've had from the people in north Belfast.

"His family is extremely distressed and we will do everything in our power to find Noah as quickly as we can."



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Please find my boy, begs Noah's distraught mum

The distraught mother of missing schoolboy Noah Donohoe fought back tears as she appealed for the safe return of her son.

As hundreds of volunteers continued to search for the 14-year-old, who disappeared in north Belfast on Sunday evening, his mum Fiona said someone must have spotted "a half-naked boy", adding: "I just want my son back."

Ms Donohoe bravely watched on Wednesday as PSNI Superintendent Muir Clark urged people to check vacant homes, sheds and vehicles in an attempt to find the missing St Malachy's College Year 10 pupil.

Earlier, the south Belfast mother-of-one told the Belfast Telegraph of her anguish and pleaded for "just one person" to provide information that could bring Noah home safely to her.

"No one has come forward to say they saw him," said Fiona.

"I'm pleading with you, the public, did you see a young half naked boy on June 21? I need to know if there were any eyewitnesses, so please come forward.

"You may think it's insignificant but it could turn out to be really relevant. Please, please tell the police anything you know."

She added: "Someone must know where he is. I just want my son back."

In a social media post earlier, Ms Donohoe had asked people to allow their homes be searched so that shelter could be eliminated from the equation.

"My heart is broken I am begging people do this. I know I am asking a massive thing but if you knew my Noah he was the most thoughtful loving darling who does not deserve to be suffering or unfound," she wrote.

"Please hear my plea I am speaking for Noah my baby. Please think if it was your child I would let them search my home from top to bottom."
 

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Noah Donohoe: Police say investigation still 'very much a missing persons enquiry'

Police in Belfast have renewed their appeal in the search for missing teenager Noah Donohoe and confirmed there have been no new sightings since Sunday.

Speaking at Musgrave Police Station, Superintendent Muir Clark said it was still "very much a missing persons enquiry".

He made a specific appeal for sightings of some of the teenager's missing items including a green backpack containing a laptop and a copy of the book, 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B Peterson.

He also called on the public to give the police and rescue professionals the space to do their work, adding that that various rumours in the community about Noah's whereabouts had been "extremely unhelpful".


Noah Donohoe: Police release picture of backpack similar to 14-year-old's bag

In a further appeal to help find a missing Belfast teenager, police have this afternoon released a photo of a rucksack similar to the one he left home with on Sunday.

Speaking at a media briefing on Thursday, Superintendent Muir Clark said that police have recovered Noah Donohoe's black crash helmet, blue Nike trainers with a yellow tick, blue tie-die hoody, bicycle, and mobile phone.

However, they are keen to recover outstanding items which have not yet been recovered.

Supt Clark added: "His khaki green North Face coat, grey sweat shorts and a green backpack containing a Lenovo laptop and a copy of the book, '12 Rules for Life' by Jordan B. Peterson.

"We need to find these outstanding items. If anyone has found any of these items and not yet come forward, please call us immediately."

Supt Clark also made a direct appeal to Noah.

He added: "Noah, if you are watching this on the TV or listening on the radio, or seeing this appeal online, you are not in any trouble. Just call us, let us know that you are safe and we will come to you.

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Speculation on missing teen Noah Donohoe ‘distressing’

Unfounded speculation and rumours about missing Belfast teenager Noah Donohue have been “unhelpful and distressing” for his family, according to the police superintendent leading the search.

Supt Muir Clark said the operation remained a missing person’s inquiry, and the main hypothesis was that “Noah has in some way suffered an injury and is disorientated and requires assistance.”

However he also said police “don’t discount any other scenario, we should look at other scenarios and we will continue to do that until we find Noah”.

On Thursday police thanked volunteers for their help, but appealed to them to allow police and community rescue teams “some space to ensure we have covered every possible area”.
 

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Please find my boy, begs Noah's distraught mum

The distraught mother of missing schoolboy Noah Donohoe fought back tears as she appealed for the safe return of her son.

As hundreds of volunteers continued to search for the 14-year-old, who disappeared in north Belfast on Sunday evening, his mum Fiona said someone must have spotted "a half-naked boy", adding: "I just want my son back."

Ms Donohoe bravely watched on Wednesday as PSNI Superintendent Muir Clark urged people to check vacant homes, sheds and vehicles in an attempt to find the missing St Malachy's College Year 10 pupil.

Earlier, the south Belfast mother-of-one told the Belfast Telegraph of her anguish and pleaded for "just one person" to provide information that could bring Noah home safely to her.

"No one has come forward to say they saw him," said Fiona.

"I'm pleading with you, the public, did you see a young half naked boy on June 21? I need to know if there were any eyewitnesses, so please come forward.

"You may think it's insignificant but it could turn out to be really relevant. Please, please tell the police anything you know."

She added: "Someone must know where he is. I just want my son back."

In a social media post earlier, Ms Donohoe had asked people to allow their homes be searched so that shelter could be eliminated from the equation.

"My heart is broken I am begging people do this. I know I am asking a massive thing but if you knew my Noah he was the most thoughtful loving darling who does not deserve to be suffering or unfound," she wrote.

"Please hear my plea I am speaking for Noah my baby. Please think if it was your child I would let them search my home from top to bottom."
His dear mum... :(
 

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The longer the search for Noah goes on, the worse it gets... but hope remains

Day four, and for Fiona Donohoe, the silence is becoming unbearable. She has been on the front page of every local newspaper and appeared on all the TV bulletins.

She has watched as hundreds of volunteers, maybe even thousands, have combed the length and breadth of north Belfast.

But still nothing.

On Thursday afternoon, the investigation into the disappearance of the 14-year-old schoolboy from south Belfast remained intense and urgent.

Police divers were continuing underwater searches close to the train tracks running alongside Crusaders' Seaview stadium on the Shore Road, not far from the last reported sighting of Fiona's only child.

PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne stopped by at one point to talk to members of the various police teams, as specialist officers carried out their exhaustive and painstaking work.

The gravity of the situation remains palpable, although it was noticeably quieter on Thursday - the hottest day of the year so far - than it has been since the teenager went missing on Sunday evening, June 21.



The longer it goes on, the more worrying it gets, but Mr McCarry and his colleagues remain optimistic that this frightening, virtually unimaginable tale will have a happy ending.

"We have found people three or four days after they've been reported missing," he said. "The weather has been very good over the last few days. Noah is a young, fit, healthy boy.

"We still believe he may have gone into an empty building, or a shed or even into someone's house if the door was open.

"Remember, he could have sustained a head injury and may be disorientated and that's why we're still asking everyone in the north Belfast area to check their homes, gardens and outbuildings."

If you live in the north of the city and have not done this already, now is the time to start. If you have already done it, please do it again.

And if you have anything that might lead to Noah being reunited with Fiona at their south Belfast home, please come forward with it.

It may appear trivial, yet could be the key to solving this most vexing of puzzles.

Fiona on Thursday expressed her gratitude to those who have tried to locate her son. Hopefully she will get the opportunity to thank the person who succeeds.
 

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Noah Donohoe: More of missing boy's belongings found

Police searching for a 14-year-old boy who went missing in Belfast on Sunday have found his backpack, book and laptop computer.

Supt Clark said the recovered items - a khaki rucksack containing a Lenovo laptop and a copy of the book 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson - were now being examined by specialist teams and were found after information from a member of the public.

Earlier, Supt Clark told a press conference police had received a call that led them to the place in Belfast where the items were recovered and it was "still unclear" as to why Noah was in that part of the city.



He said finding the laptop was a "significant part of evidence" in inquiries into why Noah was there.

The main area of search continues to be Shore Road bounded by Premier Drive and Skegoneill Avenue.

People there have been encouraged to search properties, gardens and sheds.

"There is significant work ongoing including vegetation in that area," he said.

This was backed up by Sean McCarry, head of operations at the Community Research Service, which has been assisting the police in the search for Noah.

He said people across the city should "keep their eyes open", as the search enters its fifth full day.

"The public will see police and our own people in areas where they have seen them before, but they will also see us in areas they haven't been in already," he said.

"I would say to anyone listening anywhere in Belfast, the days have gone past, we need to make sure that we are not just thinking that's in north Belfast, or that's in this particular area.

"We have to also assume here that Noah could have moved into other areas and not know where he is or be confused.

"So anywhere in Belfast, people keep your eyes open and have a look in your house and garden to see there's nobody here that shouldn't be here."

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Noah Donohoe: Police find body in storm drain in search for missing Belfast teenager

THE BODY of the missing Belfast teenager Noah Donohoe is believed to have been found by police in Belfast on Saturday morning.

The 14-year-old went missing last Sunday. He was last seen close to Shore Road in north Belfast. The police confirmed a body had been found at 9.45am this morning and believe it to be the teen.

PSNI confirm body found is that of missing teenager Noah Donohoe

Police have confirmed that the body of missing teenager Noah Donohoe has been recovered in north Belfast.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said the body was found at about 9.45am on Saturday. The 14-year-old was last seen alive on Sunday evening.

In a statement, the force confirmed it was continuing to provide support to Donohoe’s family “at this very difficult time” and that enquiries were continuing. It is believed the body was found in a storm drain close to the Shore Road area of north Belfast.

Later the PSNI confirmed the body was that of the missing schoolboy and also said that at this stage no foul play was suspected.
 

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Body found in storm drain in search for missing boy Noah Donohoe - What is a storm drain?

Superintendent Muir Clark said: "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.

"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."

A postmortem will now be carried out to determine the exact cause of death.


A storm drain is used to help prevent flooding.

Storm drains divert rainwater off the streets and other paved surfaces and into a natural body of water.

Such systems can be huge and can take time to search through: at least 300 people live in the 200 miles of underground storm drains of Las Vegas, according to reports.

Superintendent Muir Clark told reporters the storm drain in question was almost a kilometre long and the search was "extremely challenging".

The drain has been searched the past few days and officers only reach the end this morning.

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Just read this one. Strange case and definitely things missing here without a doubt. Naked boy, half naked boy. Items found in two different locations. The only evidence of a fall or any possible concussion and even she said that was by one person who was not even sure (from what I read). Hint at reason he took laptop where he did. No suspicion at all here about the mother by me in no way, shape nor form but something else is going on here. Imo. I have no idea what but things are missing they themselves are probably still trying to find answers to.

RIP Noah. May God be with your mom.

Jmo...
 

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Family of Noah Donohoe (14) express thanks for ‘love and empathy’

The Donohoe family in a statement on Sunday expressed their “heartfelt gratitude for the support, outpouring of love, and empathy” they received.

“From walking with us, both physically and spiritually, to feeling our pain, we recognise that everyone has lost Noah,” said the family.

“Noah’s mummy always told him that he would change the world,” they said.

“He was very special. It is very hard to do justice or honour the extraordinary relationship Noah and his mummy shared. In his 14 years his mummy got so much from their special bond, he taught his mummy so much. They were each other’s world.”



PSNI Superintendent Muir Clark said a post mortem is to take place and the investigation into the circumstances of his disappearance is continuing.

“But there is no evidence to suggest foul play,” he said at a press conference at the weekend at PSNI Musgrave Station in central Belfast.

He said Noah’s body was found in a storm drain complex in north Belfast that was almost a kilometre long.

It had been searched for a number of days but finding the body took so long because it was an “extremely challenging environment”. He said specialist search and rescue officers were involved. “They were working in the pitch black.”

Supt Clark said it was possible that the reported head injury that Noah suffered played a part in his death. He hoped the post mortem would provide some answers in this regard.

Asked was the storm drain covered or would a person have to proactively enter it or could they fall into it Supt Clark replied: “You would have to proactively enter it.”
 

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Family of Noah Donohoe (14) express thanks for ‘love and empathy’

The Donohoe family in a statement on Sunday expressed their “heartfelt gratitude for the support, outpouring of love, and empathy” they received.

“From walking with us, both physically and spiritually, to feeling our pain, we recognise that everyone has lost Noah,” said the family.

“Noah’s mummy always told him that he would change the world,” they said.

“He was very special. It is very hard to do justice or honour the extraordinary relationship Noah and his mummy shared. In his 14 years his mummy got so much from their special bond, he taught his mummy so much. They were each other’s world.”



PSNI Superintendent Muir Clark said a post mortem is to take place and the investigation into the circumstances of his disappearance is continuing.

“But there is no evidence to suggest foul play,” he said at a press conference at the weekend at PSNI Musgrave Station in central Belfast.

He said Noah’s body was found in a storm drain complex in north Belfast that was almost a kilometre long.

It had been searched for a number of days but finding the body took so long because it was an “extremely challenging environment”. He said specialist search and rescue officers were involved. “They were working in the pitch black.”

Supt Clark said it was possible that the reported head injury that Noah suffered played a part in his death. He hoped the post mortem would provide some answers in this regard.

Asked was the storm drain covered or would a person have to proactively enter it or could they fall into it Supt Clark replied: “You would have to proactively enter it.”
Not really doubting LE or anything, just questions that don't quite have satisfactory answers. Yet. I think a logical one is the environment was that tough and dark for them but Noah managed to get that far in the same conditions? Or perhaps he entered at a different point than where they started, that would make more sense but a lingering question for me.

One witness thought she saw someone who may have been Noah on a bike take a spill. Hence comes the head injury addition and this causes him I guess to get naked and shed clothes in different places. Maybe LE knows more, but none of this from what I have read is certain at all and is just conjecture/speculation as far as I can tell.

Bringing the laptop with and a hint I believe from LE as to why and where he was bringing it lingers.

As always, I am sure they know more than we do. If the family ends up satisfied with the answers than far be it from me to further question. If they are not though, I remain to help keep it in the news by doing what we can.

They also could be just staying tight lipped to get continued cooperation as they investigate.

As it stands now, it does not make sense to me. And has some real oddities. Jmo.
 

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Noah Donohoe: Woman's distress at finding missing boy's bike

A woman who found missing teenager Noah Donahoe's bicycle in her garden has spoken about her heartbreak when she realised it was his.

Karen Crooks told BBC News NI she found Noah's bicycle at her Northwood Road home in north Belfast on the Sunday evening at about 20:00 BST.

The storm drain where Noah's body was found lies behind her garden.

Ms Crooks thought the bicycle had been left behind by local boys.

"I went out and lifted it off the ground because it was just lying at the back of my car. I didn't think any more of it. I thought the mummy will come up for it, the wee boy will come up for it. I went to work the next morning, it was still there.

"I came home and then started to look on social media and saw the missing boy. Something alerted me to make me read into it a wee bit more, and I saw it was on the Shore Road, and I saw the black Apollo mountain bike."

Ms Crooks said her heart sank and she rang the police.

"I stood in this garden on the mornings of last week and just went to myself 'Noah where are you? Noah where did you go?'

"Trying to rack my brain, as a child growing up here, where would I have gone? What would I have done? I just couldn't, I couldn't work it out, I couldn't put the pieces together."

Ms Crooks said she was glad that she was able to bring the search teams to find Noah.

"They may never have found him, so I do take comfort in that," she said.

She also reached out to his family, telling them they were welcome to come to her garden, where Noah had been, at any time.

"I don't know if his mother, whether you would take comfort from being here, or you wouldn't take comfort from being here. But I just want his family and his mother to know that they can come here if they feel they need to come here. My door is opened and they can be here with their thoughts."

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Noah Donohoe: Woman's distress at finding missing boy's bike

A woman who found missing teenager Noah Donahoe's bicycle in her garden has spoken about her heartbreak when she realised it was his.

Karen Crooks told BBC News NI she found Noah's bicycle at her Northwood Road home in north Belfast on the Sunday evening at about 20:00 BST.

The storm drain where Noah's body was found lies behind her garden.

Ms Crooks thought the bicycle had been left behind by local boys.

"I went out and lifted it off the ground because it was just lying at the back of my car. I didn't think any more of it. I thought the mummy will come up for it, the wee boy will come up for it. I went to work the next morning, it was still there.

"I came home and then started to look on social media and saw the missing boy. Something alerted me to make me read into it a wee bit more, and I saw it was on the Shore Road, and I saw the black Apollo mountain bike."

Ms Crooks said her heart sank and she rang the police.

"I stood in this garden on the mornings of last week and just went to myself 'Noah where are you? Noah where did you go?'

"Trying to rack my brain, as a child growing up here, where would I have gone? What would I have done? I just couldn't, I couldn't work it out, I couldn't put the pieces together."

Ms Crooks said she was glad that she was able to bring the search teams to find Noah.

"They may never have found him, so I do take comfort in that," she said.

She also reached out to his family, telling them they were welcome to come to her garden, where Noah had been, at any time.

"I don't know if his mother, whether you would take comfort from being here, or you wouldn't take comfort from being here. But I just want his family and his mother to know that they can come here if they feel they need to come here. My door is opened and they can be here with their thoughts."

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