Police have confirmed that a formal identification process has now been concluded that the body recovered from the River Foyle was that of Jack Glenn (23).
In a statement issued by police this afternoon, a spokesman stated:
“This has been an immensely difficult time for Jack’s family and friends. We would like to pay tribute to them in their dedication to Jack.
“We would also like to thank all those who have played a part in helping get Jack back.
“Our thoughts are of course with Jack’s family and friends at this time.”
Jack’s father Colin earlier today confirmed that the body recovered from the river Foyle yesterday was that of the 23 year old and released details regarding his funeral.
In a message issued through the Get Jack Back Facebook page, Mr Glenn posted:
“Jack will be laid to rest on Saturday 1st April. Jack’s remains will leave his grandparents home 55 Caw Hill Park , Waterside Londonderry/ Derry at 12:30 for a 1 o’clock service in Ebrington Presbyterian church followed buy burial in Altnagelvin cemetery.
“Everyone welcome and I would love to see you all again.
“Thank you all for your hard work, help and support over the past 7 1/2 weeks.
The search for Jack Glenn had been ongoing since he entered the river on February 2nd.
His remains were recovered yesterday afternoon by the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue organisation, who have been involved in the search operation.
Over the past seven and a half weeks, family and friends, supported by emergency and rescue services from across Ireland plus hundreds of volunteers, have been tirelessly patrolling the river and shoreline in a united effort to recover his remains.
Throughout that time, there have been regular vigils close to the river, during which local people have prayed for the recovery of Jack’s remains.
A major online social media campaign, under the hashtag #getjackback, was also launched to help recruit volunteers and raise awareness.