Friday 27 April 2018

Body in Scotland is missing Antrim woman

A body washed up on the west coast of Scotland last week was that of missing Co Antrim woman Karen Coyles, police have confirmed.

The University of Ulster worker and keen sportswoman disappeared from Ballycastle, Co Antrim, a fortnight ago.

A sniffer dog led searchers to a cliff path near the town and the hunt has concentrated on the waters around the seaside resort.

Ms Coyles' body was recovered by Scottish police on the Mull of Kintyre on Thursday.

A PSNI spokeswoman said: "Strathclyde police have confirmed that a body found off the coast of Kintyre on the 22nd of September is that of Karen Coyles. Police are not treating her death as suspicious."

Ms Coyles, 47, disappeared on September 11, sparking a massive land and sea search across the north coast.

She was reported missing after she failed to show up for work at the Biomedical Sciences Research Institute at the University of Ulster in Coleraine on September 12.

Ms Coyles was chairwoman of the Ballycastle Camogie Club and also played for the club. The day she disappeared she had just returned from Dublin where her team had won the Kilmacud All-Ireland Sevens tournament.

Professor Hugh McKenna, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Innovation at the University of Ulster, said: "The University of Ulster is saddened and shocked to hear of the death of Karen.

"She was a highly valued, popular and respected member of staff who made an excellent contribution to the work of the School of Biomedical Sciences Research Institute.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen's family at this tragic time."

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