The body of Derry model Emmette Dillon has been recovered by a local search and rescue team.
Emmette was last seen alive leaving his apartment at 12.15am in the Crawford Square area of Derry on September 3.
On September 14, his family and friends shared the news that the 33-year-old had passed away.
In a statement on social media on Wednesday, September 22, Foyle Search and Rescue Team confirmed Emmette Dillon had been recovered.
The rescue team said: “Today at approximately 11am, our team were tasked with the recovery of Emmette Dillon.
“Our team worked closely with the PSNI and emergency services to recover his body and bring him back to his family. Our thoughts are with Emmette’s family and friends at this time.
“We want to sincerely thank those involved in the recovery today. We want to thank our volunteers in particular, who had the difficult job of recovering Emmette’s body. We are extremely grateful for your efforts today and always. Thanks also to all emergency services that were involved.
“Finally, a special thanks to Emmette’s family, his friends and each and every person who assisted in searching; especially our own volunteers, as well as Foyle Prevention Team, Maiden City River Watch MCRW and Search Team Northwest. We appreciate all you have done this last few weeks.
“RIP Emmette Dillon.”
Emmette’s brother Ryan Dillon also shared a message on his social media after Emmette’s body had been recovered.
Ryan said: “Foyle search and rescue recovered Emmette today and we will finally be able to lay him to rest.
“It’s impossible to name everyone but the outpouring of support has been unbelievable.
“I am forever thankful to you all and to all the organisations and groups who have supported us.
“All friends family and work colleagues who have given their time to support us.
“Emmette was my twin and we had an unbreakable bond.
“This is how I want him to be remembered xx
“Arrangements will be shared once confirmed.”
Commenting on Ryan’s post, hundreds shared their support for Emmette’s family and friends, while posting touching tributes to the “true gentlemen”.
Back in 2015, Emmette encouraged people to check for signs of cancer as part of a campaign as he lost his mother to the illness when she was only 45.
In 2018, he vowed to bring Northern Ireland’s “mental health epidemic” to the world stage after being selected to take part in a global beauty pageant.
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