Sunday 17 December 2017

Five - including teen girl - arrested after man's body found in stream

A police officer near where the body was found at Mourneview Street in Portadown
A police officer near where the body was found at Mourneview Street in Portadown

Cate McCurry

Five people have been arrested after a man's body was found in a stream yesterday.

Police are investigating after the body of a man, believed to be eastern European, was discovered in the stream running behind Mourneview Street, Portadown, shortly after 11am.

A 35-year-old woman, a 30-year-old man, two 28-year-old men and a 17-year-old girl were being questioned at a police station in Belfast last night.

Forensic experts were searching a house in the Co Armagh area yesterday while police cordoned off part of the street close to where the body was discovered. A second address in the Portadown area was also searched by police as part of the investigation.

Police had spent Saturday night knocking on doors in the area showing residents a photograph of a missing man they were looking for.

Police believe the body recovered was that of the man they had been searching for.

The PSNI had recently issued a missing person appeal for a Lithuanian man living in Portadown.

A police spokesman said: "We believe we know who the man is, but we will not be confirming his identity until a formal identification has taken place and a post-mortem examination has been held."

Upper Bann DUP MLA Sydney Anderson described the news of the death as "very sad and disturbing".

"I am shocked to learn that a body was found in a stream on Sunday morning," he added.

"Police are currently investigating the circumstances of this death and I am aware that three men and two women have been arrested in connection to what has happened.

"I have been liaising with the PSNI throughout the day and ultimately the local community has been left very distressed and disturbed about this death.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased. We now need to see a rigorous investigation being carried out to get to the bottom of this tragedy."

DUP councillor for the area Carla Lockhart said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased.

"It has been a shock to learn of this death. This is a very disturbing situation and one that has rocked the local community. The PSNI are appealing to anyone who has information to come forward to the police but assurances have been given that every effort is being made to deal with this matter sensitively."

Belfast Telegraph

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