Noah Donohoe 14, who was found dead under suspicious circumstances six days after he went missing in North Belfast
AN MP has called on police to be “accurate in their information” after the PSNI/RUC contradicted what it had told the family of Noah Donohoe.
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John Finucane was speaking after
The Irish News revealed that the 14-year-old, who went missing on June 21st, had drowned. Noah had not suffered a serious head injury, despite a theory put forward by the PSNI/RUC that he may have suffered concussion after a fall, causing him to remove his clothing. Noah’s body was found in a storm drain six days after he disappeared. The family were told by police this week that a leaflet drop had taken place in the area Noah was last seen to appeal for information.
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The Irish News asked the PSNI for a copy of the leaflet and details of when door to door enquiries had taken place. A PSNI/RUC spokesperson said: “Police have not conducted a leaflet drop at this stage”. However, in a statement last night, police suggested that the leaflet confusion may have been a “misunderstanding.”
North Belfast MP John Finucane
Superintendent Muir Clarke said: “First and foremost my thoughts and those of my officers go out to Noah’s mother, Fiona, and the wider family circle at this extremely difficult time. “Police continue to investigate the tragic death of Noah on behalf of the coroner. “As is normal practice the coroner is the only person who can authorise the release of information in relation to the circumstances surrounding Noah’s death. “To support the current stage of the inquiry, Police are finalising a leaflet appealing for information, which we will distribute to households where the occupants were unavailable to speak to police during the initial stages when Noah disappeared. “We anticipate doing this in the following days.
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“We are aware of media reports stating that the family had been told this proposed leaflet drop had already been undertaken. This is not the case. “This may have arisen through a misunderstanding. Family liaison officers are continuing to work closely with the family and the coroner. “While respecting that this is a very painful time, police are in contact with Noah’s mother to ensure that she is up to date on the investigation.”
“The wider community needs to have confidence that everything that can be done is being done” John Finucane
Noah’s mobile phone was found in the early days of the investigation, but police had made a specific appeal for help in locating his green backpack. It contained his Lenovo laptop and was recovered several days later. Police said it was recovered following information from a member of the public. Police said it was recovered following information from a member of the public. The family were told that it was to be examined by forensic experts but have not been given any details since, nor have they been given any further details about the recovery. The family also revealed that Noah was travelling to Cave Hill country park to meet friends on the day of his disappearance, to do work towards a Duke of Edinburgh award.
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It is thought he may have taken a wrong turn from his home in South Belfast on his way to Cave Hill and ended up in North Queen Street, Shore Road area instead. Police were aware of this but did not tell the press or the public this during the search for Noah, leading to online speculation about where he was going on the day of his disappearance that caused distress to the family. Police also have Noah’s phone and laptop and the family are keen to have these returned to them, but have not yet been told if the PSNI/RUC have examined the GPS on the phone. The distressed family have instructed solicitor Niall Murphy of KRW Law and Relatives for Justice to help them get answers to a number of unanswered questions. “I support and reiterate the calls by the Donohoe family for information concerning Noah’s disappearance,” Mr Finucane said. “Fiona and her family have my full support as they seek answers to the many questions which remain. “Police need to be accurate in the information they provide publicly and privately to the family, and the wider community needs to have confidence that everything that can be done is being done.”
With many thanks to: The Irish News and Allison Morris SECURITY CORRESPONDENT email@example.com