THE uncle of Chloe Kinsella, who's body was found in the River Shannon this afternoon has called on young people to seek help if they are under pressure in their lives.
Matthew Franklin spoke out after his niece's body was recovered six days after Chloe (15) went missing from her home in Kileely, Limerick.
A post mortem is to take place this afternoon at University Hospital Limerick.
Mr Franklin, spoke in front of a crowd of 200 volunteer searchers who had been looking for Chloe: "Young people in the area, respect what you have, respect your age. Look, what's after happening to a fifteen year old child."
He told young people who were gathered at St Munchin's Community Centre, where the search had been co-ordinated from all week: "Just have respect for life and look after yourselves."
Afterwards he said: "If the pressure gets to ye just go and seek help or something. As far as we know there was nothing wrong with Chloe, it just all of a sudden came on top of her. Her friend Joe (Killeen) drowned a few weeks ago alright and that could be part of it as well, we don't know. She was just a lovely little child. She passed my house every morning and hugged my little seven year old daughter, and now she's gone. I can't believe it."
"I hope the kids around here respect what's after happening, and see what's after happening around here. They are only 15 or 16 years of age but they would want to go away and cop themselves on now, and if they need help, seek help, because if it gets out of hand, we'll have another tragedy on our hands."
Chloe's sister, Linsey (23), broke down after identifying her sibling's body at Brown's Quay, a short distance from the Kinsella family home.
"I never thought I'd be seeing this day," she said in floods of tears.
"Chloe, I was waiting for you to come home or even ring my home. Thanks to everyone who helped to find her. She never knew how much she was really loved," Linsey added.
Gardaí do not suspect foul play at this stage, however the results of a post mortem will determine the garda investigation.
By David Raleigh