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Sunday 9 December 2018

Body found in Vienna canal is missing Irishman (21)

Tragic accident: Ross Hanlon
Tragic accident: Ross Hanlon

Dean Grey

The body of a young Irishman has been found in an Austrian canal, with his death being treated as a tragic accident, his family have confirmed.

Ross Hanlon (21), from Athboy, Co Meath, went missing in the Austrian capital Vienna seven days ago and was found by police yesterday evening.

The Dundalk IT business student had been away on a city-break with two of his friends after completing Christmas exams and went missing some time after 2am last Friday.

His body was found in the Danube canal at around 5pm yesterday.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, his heartbroken older brother Craig said Ross will get the send-off he deserves when they bring him home.

"We want to thank everyone back home, the police in Vienna, the people of Vienna, the Irish community in Vienna and the ambassador in Vienna," he said.

"We're all still here for Ross and we're going to bring him home and give him the send-off he deserves.

"He was incredibly loved by everyone as you can see by the support from all his friends, those who came over to help search, his family and his girlfriend.

"We all love him so much and we're glad that we have found him and we can bring him home.

"We all love you so much Ross and there's no need to be afraid anymore," he added.

A massive social media campaign had been ongoing over the past week in an attempt to find the young man.

Almost €15,000 has been raised by friends of Ross in order to assist the family, with 450 people making donations.

Ross was very popular in Athboy. He was an avid Dublin Gaa and Conor McGregor fan.

He had been to a number of his UFC fights in Las Vegas.

Ross celebrated his 21st birthday earlier this month.

Irish Independent

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