THE MOTHER of a missing 14-year-old boy last night issued a heartfelt appeal for people to allow police to check their properties to help find her son.
Fiona Donohoe, mother of Noah Donohoe who has now been missing for over 72 hours, said the sight of the community putting away their differences and coming together to find her son was giving her and her family the "strength" they needed.
Noah was last seen on Sunday evening, close to the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend after leaving his home in south Belfast.
A witness claims to have seen him fall off his bike and begin acting strangely, leading police to believe he may have sustained a head injury.
“We believe Noah got back on his bicycle, cycling into Northwood Road where he then abandons all his clothing, as he is seen a short time later cycling while naked," Chief Inspector Gavin Kirkpatrick has said.
"We believe Noah then dropped his bicycle and left the area on foot."
Members of the PSNI have been checking properties, including sheds and gardens and have asked locals to do the same, as a disoriented Noah may have wandered in there.
However, police cannot ask to check a person's property and the owner must offer the option to police.
Yesterday, as hundreds gathered to begin searching for Noah for the third day, a letter from his mother was read out which states "I am so overwhelmed y the support of people coming together to help find my son.
"It is actually giving me and my family the strength to fight for him to be found.
"I just wish at this stage people would start offering for their houses to be searched so that shelter could be eliminated,” she said.
“My heart is broken. I am begging people do this.
“I know I'm asking a massive thing but if you knew my Noah, he was the most thoughtful loving darling who does not deserve to be suffering or unfound.
“Please hear my plea, I am speaking for Noah, my baby.
“Please think," she said. "If it was your child I would let them search my home from top to bottom.”
The search for Noah continues in Belfast today.
Anyone who may have seen Noah, or who may have information on his whereabouts, is urged to contact the PSNI by calling 101 referencing number 1619 of 21/06/20.
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