The heartbroken family of missing Derry man Eamonn Moore (pictured) who yesterday brought his remains home to be waked, have spoken of their relief that he has finally been found after an exhausting four month search of the Foyle.
The body of the 21-year-old was found by walkers in the water at Redcastle on Wednesday. He had gone missing from his Jefferson Court home in Derry on November 26 after sending members of his family a text saying “sorry.”
Speaking to the Sunday Journal last night after bringing his nephew’s body home, Eamonn’s uncle Liam Healy said the family were devastated at the loss but very relieved that the body had been found.
“We’re just so grateful to get Eamonn back,” he said.
“Where he was found he was very close to being on his way out to sea and we might never have got him back. We’re just so grateful and relieved.”
Mr. Healy said the family had endured a tough four months, constantly searching for the body and they would now have closure.
“We searched day and night,” he said. “The stress was starting to take its toll on everyone. Recently we’d used specialist sonar equipment from Mallow Search and Rescue in Cork and when that didn’t turn anything up, we began to wonder if Eamonn had gone into the water at all.
“At least now we know and we can bring him home to his family and friends and give him a decent wake and burial with some dignity.”
Describing his nephew as “a quiet fella,” Mr. Healy said he would be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.
“He wasn’t a party goer, he was just a really gentle clean living person.”
Mr. Healy paid tribute to everyone who had helped with the search.
He said: “We really want to thank Foyle Search and Rescue for everything they’ve done and we’re also grateful to politician and family friend Martina Anderson who has been a great support, We were also very grateful for the services of Mallow Search and Rescue who travelled up from Cork.
“We’re so grateful for all the help from everyone who took time out to walk and search with us. We can’t thank them enough,”
Sinn Fein Junior Minister Martina Anderson said: “It’s heartwrenching for the family to have this confirmation in one respect but it’s also mixed with relief that the body has been found because it brings some degree of closure.
“Eamonn’s family have been dealing with the trauma of this for months and have constantly walked the Foyle searching and hoping. At least now they can have a wake and burial,” she said.
Ms. Anderson thanked everyone who had helped with the search including Foyle Search and Rescue and the PSNI.
Eamonn is survived by his father Eamon, sisters Mairead and Orla and his grandmother Kathleen Healy. His Requiem Mass will take place in Long Tower Church tomorrow (Monday) at 10:00am. He will be buried afterwards in the City Cemetery.