DUP MP issues appeal as ‘loss of someone so young is truly heart-breaking’

The ‘entire community of Antrim’ is now in ‘mourning’ following the discovery of Shona Gillan’s body at the weekend, DUP MP Paul Girvan has said.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 3:18 pm
Updated Monday, 8th March 2021, 3:24 pm

Mr Girvan spoke out as he appealed to anyone with any information about the tragic event, to contact the PSNI.

Over the weekend Police Antrim and Newtownabbey Facebook site appealed for the public to help them trace the movements of Shona whose body was recovered from Six Mile Water, close to Riverside, in Antrim on Saturday 6 March.

The post added that 18-year-old Shona “was reported missing on Saturday morning but had not been seen since the afternoon of March 3

Shona Gillan

when she left her home in the vicinity of Steeple Road, Antrim.”

It added: “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.

“This is obviously a deeply upsetting and distressing time for Shona’s family and loved ones, and we are appealing for anyone who saw or spoke to Shona between Wednesday and Saturday, or anyone who can provide information to police to please call us on 101, quoting reference 1122 06/03/21.”

In a statement Mr Girvan added: “The entire community of Antrim is in shock and mourning following the discovery of Shona’s body at the weekend.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Shona’s family at this tragically difficult time.

“The loss of someone so young is truly heart-breaking.

“The entire community now stands with the family as the PSNI carryout their investigations.

“Shona went missing on Wednesday and it is vital that anyone with any information, no matter how small gets in contact with the PSNI to ensure they can piece together how this tragedy unfolded.

“Shona’s family and friends will need help and support in these most tragic of circumstances and I know the local community with come together in support of Shona and her loved ones.”

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