Father’s relief as son’s body found

MISSING DONEGAL MAN-'Derry no20-2/3/2012-TREVOR MCBRIDE PICTURE�'a body thought to be that of 22 year old David Colhoun,from Lifford in County Donegal missing after escaping police custody in Strabane on 22nd May-police and local people from both sides of border have been conducting river search at Strabane/Lifford area-A BODY NOW DISCOVERED-see story

MISSING DONEGAL MAN-'Derry no20-2/3/2012-TREVOR MCBRIDE PICTURE�'a body thought to be that of 22 year old David Colhoun,from Lifford in County Donegal missing after escaping police custody in Strabane on 22nd May-police and local people from both sides of border have been conducting river search at Strabane/Lifford area-A BODY NOW DISCOVERED-see story

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The heartbroken father of David Colhoun has said his “ten months of hell” are finally over”.

The 22 year-old’s father, Joseph, described the discovery of his son’s body as a relief.

The skeletal remains of David Colhoun were discovered by a digger driver who was removing sand at an area called Islandmore, about three miles east of Lifford Bridge on Tuesday morning.

The Donegal man was last seen on May 22 after escaping from PSNI custody in Strabane after being arrested for minor offences. He will be laid to rest following Requiem Mass this morning.

Last night Joseph Colhoun said: “It’s sad to have to say it but I will be happy tomorrow, I will be able to move on with my life. I’ve just enjoyed a meal for the first time in a year. The headaches, the depression and everything has lifted. It’s unreal now. It was ten months of hell but instead of sadness now it’s joy.

Mr Colhoun said his immediate objective was to start a campaign to reassure families of missing children that there was closure if they could wait long enough.

He added various families who have had children missing had been at the wake over the past few nights and were very supportive.

“Everyone has been great from the search and rescue groups to the general public.”

A huge crowd escorted the remains from Letterkenny General Hospital on Thursday afternoon and hundreds of people have been calling to the family home at 41 Beechwood Grove since.

The funeral will leave the family home today (Sunday) at 10am sharp for 11am Requiem Mass at St Patrick’s Church, Murlog with burial to follow in the family plot where his late mother Josephine is buried in St Johnston immediately afterwards.