Vigil held for missing Lifford man as search continues

Over 200 people have attended a vigil in Lifford for local man David Colhoun who has been missing for 11 weeks. Searches are continuing on the River Foyle for the 22-year-old who disappeared after escaping from PSNI custody in Strabane on May 22nd.

Over 200 people have attended a vigil in Lifford for local man David Colhoun who has been missing for 11 weeks. Searches are continuing on the River Foyle for the 22-year-old who disappeared after escaping from PSNI custody in Strabane on May 22nd.

On Tuesday, divers searched deep pools near where he is thought to have entered the river and divers will return on Saturday to search two more locations where it is thought the body may be.

The length of time the search has continued without finding the remains has led searchers to believe the body is trapped somewhere under the water.

A community search team from Belfast has come down every night joining Derry-based Foyle Search and Rescue and volunteers.

Searches are continuing daily on the river and along both river banks. Mr. Colhoun’s father Joe said he has been reassured that the body has not travelled up the river into Lough Foyle and out to sea.

He said he knows his son’s body will be found - it is just a matter of when. Mr. Colhoun said he was touched by the turnout at Tuesday night’s vigil and the support he has received from the local community and further afield since the searches began.

“I have been assured by the two community rescue teams that they are not walking away should it take six months. They will stay until they get him. At this stage we cannot rule out anything but we have to keep looking. There is no doubt in my mind that he is still in there but we will get him.”

Local priest Fr. Edward Kilpatrick said the support shown in the vigil and since the disappearance has been of great comfort to the Colhoun family. “It did impact on people all along, but it is very much getting through to people at this stage,” he said. “It is affecting his family, his wider family circle and is affecting the whole area, that he be found, he be given rest and that his family would be given rest from all the trauma that they are experiencing at the moment.

“Joe Colhoun is a man that is always out and about and is always in contact with people and the very fact that a crowd has come together to pray and offer support is a big thing for him and for the family.”