Anxious wait for Quigley family as body recovered from river

The scene close to where the body was recovered.
The scene close to where the body was recovered.

The family of a Derry teenager who has been missing for more than a month are today waiting to find out if his body was recovered from the river Foyle.

The PSNI confirmed yesterday morning that a body had been recovered from the river close to the bottom of the Strand Road shortly after 9am.

However, a police spokesperson said they were not in a position to confirm the identity of the body until a post mortem examination had been carried out. The post mortem is expected to be carried out today to establish the identity of the body.

For the last month, relatives and friends of 19 year-old Andrew Quigley have been searching the river banks daily after fears that he took his own life.

His uncle, Dee Quigley, said last night that the family were waiting on the results of the post mortem to confirm whether the body found yesterday morning was that of the missing teenager.

The body was discovered a day after Mr Quigley convened a public meeting in the Tower Hotel to discuss ways of preventing young people from taking their own lives.

Mr Quigley has been running a campaign to get an addiction treatment centre for young people experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol set up in the city.

He told the meeting that he has been liaising with the Forum for Alcohol and Substance Abuse (FASA) about setting up a training programme for volunteers to deal with issues around addiction.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Edwin Poots has said detoxification services are available in Derry. In a written answer following an Assembly question from Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin, Mr Poots said: “The Western Health and Social Care Trust has informed me that they provide a diverse range of services for individuals in the area experiencing difficulties associated with alcohol and drug use.

“The Alcohol and Drug Service at Woodlea House is a multi-disciplinary team which specialises in assessment, treatment, advice, education and counselling. Alcohol and opiate detoxification is also available when clinically indicated,” he said.

The minister also said no decision has been reached on the establishment of new addiction treatment centres in the North. The recent consultation by the Health & Social Care Board provided everyone with opportunity to influence what Tier 4 Inpatient Addiction Treatment Services will look like in Northern Ireland. “No decision has as yet been made about the future of Tier 4 addiction services across Northern Ireland,” he said.