Appeal launched to trace final movements of teenage girl after body recovered from river in Antrim
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Appeal launched to trace final movements of teenage girl after body recovered from river in Antrim

AN APPEAL for information has been launched after the body of a teenage girl was recovered from a river in County Antrim.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have asked for the help of the public in tracing the last movements of teenager Shona Gillan, who was reported missing on Saturday morning after having not been seen since Wednesday, 3 March.

Despite a large-scale search for the 18-year-old, her body was tragically discovered in the Six Mile Water river on Saturday evening, just hours after she was officially reported missing.

Shona Gillan, 18, was last seen leaving her home in the Steeple Road area of Antrim on the afternoon of Wednesday, 3 March. She was reported missing on Saturday morning, and sadly her body was recovered from a river just hours later. The PSNI are seeking help from the public to trace Shona's final movements. (Image: PSNI)
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A post-mortem examination is due to take place to determine the cause of Shona's death, and police are investigating the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.

PSNI Inspector Julian Buchanan has urged the public to consider whether they may have seen Shona between Wednesday and Saturday, 6 March, as officers work to determine her last movements.

"As part of our investigation into the circumstances of her death we are keen to establish when and where Shona may have entered the water and to give her family those answers," Inspector Buchanan said in an appeal.

"This is obviously a deeply upsetting and distressing time for Shona’s family and loved ones, and I am appealing for anyone who saw or spoke to Shona in recent days, or who can provide information to police to please call us on 101, quoting reference 1122 06/03/21."