The body of a teenager found in Mansfield has been confirmed by police as that of missing school boy Ciaran Sweeney.
Nottinghamshire Police’s Underwater Search Unit found Ciaran’s body at about 10.15am on 1st October during a search of an expanse of water at Ratcher Hill Quarry, in Southwell Road.
The 14-year-old’s body was found after being reported missing from his home in the Oak Tree Lane Estate in Mansfield on 14th September.
Ciaran’s disappearance sparked a large scale search operation aided by hundreds of members of the local community and his school, the Samworth Church Academy.
A post-mortem examination has taken place but the full results are expected to take several weeks to be established.
Nottinghamshire Police said it is now working with its partners and the Coroner to investigate the full circumstances around Ciaran’s death, in preparation for an inquest to take place.
In a joint statement Ciaran’s mum Rheane O’Neill and step-mum Tanya Poulton said: “Ciaran was a typical 14-year-old boy. He loved watching television, particularly Top Gear, and survival programmes although he wasn’t the type to go off into the wilderness himself.
“The last few weeks have been unbearable and then to not have found Ciaran alive is the worst thing any family could face. Our comfort has been the support of all of our family, neighbours and community who have helped us search for him.”
Chief Inspector Paul Winter said: “This is a case that has deeply affected both the Mansfield and the wider Nottinghamshire community.
“On behalf of the Force I’d like to thank the public for all of their help with the search for Ciaran. The response to our appeals for information was overwhelming and the sight of so many posters in people’s windows and cars was a clear demonstration of a community united by the desire to find him. I am only sorry that it has had such a tragic ending.”