Wednesday 23 August 2017

Man's body found 'washed up' on beach by dog walker

Murlough beach
Murlough beach

Claire Williamson

A man's body has been found on a beach by a member of public who was walking his dog.

The discovery was made on Friday afternoon on Murlough beach in Newcastle, Co Down.

The man is described as approximately 50-years-old, of heavy build with greying hair on the side of his head and bald on top.

His face was unshaven.

Police believe he may have been washed up in the tide.

The body was spotted around 200 yards south of the 12 Arches Bridge close to the high water mark on Murlough beach at around 3.30pm on Friday afternoon.

Both PSNI and the Coastguard were called to the scene and his body was taken for post-mortem.

It's believed the body had been in the water for a short time.

SDLP MLA Colin McGrath said his thoughts and prayers were with the family of the deceased.

He added: "And also for the local person who found the remains - this must be a difficult time for them too."

Police are appealing for any information or anyone who believes they could help with identifying the man to call them on 101.

Belfast Telegraph

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