“My ten months of hell are over” - father

The father of the 22 year old Lifford man who was missing for the past ten months says that his “ten months of hell are over”.

The father of the 22 year old Lifford man who was missing for the past ten months says that his “ten months of hell are over”.

The skeletal remains of David Colhoun were discovered around 9am last Tuesday morning by a digger driver who was removing sand at an area called Islandmore, Porthall, about three miles east of Lifford Bridge. He was last seen on May 22 last after he escaped from PSNI custody in Strabane after being arrested for minor offences.

Speaking on Saturday of the ordeal his father, Joseph, said the discovery was a big relief.

“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 now 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.

“Indeed everyone has been great from the search and rescue groups to the general public. All want to play a part in the funeral.”

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

“They were here until 3.15am on Friday night-Saturday morning and was very busy been very busy since 9am on Saturdat.

There was a huge turnout at the funeral Maass at St Patrick’s Church, Murlog on Sunday morning.