A Ballymoney man who was reported missing on Tuesday evening was found dead in the town in the early hours of Wednesday morning. He has been named locally as Joe McKane who was aged in his 80’s.
A spokesperson for Ballymoney Cycle Club said “We would like to extend our sympathy and our condolences to the McKane family on the passing of their father and husband Joe…a founding member of the cycling club and to all of us who knew him he was one of life’s gentleman treasures and will be sadly missed.”
Police air support, search dogs and community rescue teams from Coleraine, Ballymoney, Ballymena, Portglenone assisted in the search.
Commenting on social media Councillor Darryl Wilson said “I was deeply saddened to learn this morning of the tragic passing of elderly man from the Garryduff Road area of Ballymoney.
I had the privilege of knowing this man, I first met him around 10 years ago, such a kind and gentle soul, a true gentleman.
Can I pass on my deepest condolences to this man’s wife and family at this very, very sad time and ask that you respect their privacy.”
A police spokesperson said “A body was recovered from the Chestnut Grove area of Ballymoney last night (Tuesday 31st March).
This death is not being treated as suspicious at this time.”