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Human remains found following the recovery of a car from the River Bann

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19 July 2020...McAuley Multimedia.....A recovery operation took place today, Sunday 19th July, after a vehicle was found in the River Bann at the New Ferry Road in Bellaghy.The Ford Orion, which was discovered by local Community Search and Rescue on Saturday 18th July, is potentially linked to the long term missing person James Patterson who went missing in 1991.PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/McAULEY MULTIMEDIA Once the vehicle has been removed from the water, it will be subject to forensic examinations.

Police can confirm human remains were found following the recovery of a car from the River Bann at the New Ferry Road in Bellaghy last month.

The vehicle was recovered from the river in July and following examination, it has been confirmed the human remains are those of James Patterson who went missing on 6th October 1991.

The family have been informed and request for privacy at this time.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

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