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'Completely out of character': Search continues for missing 14-year-old Noah Donohoe

The teenager may have sustained a head injury when he fell off his bike.

Noah Donohoe
Noah Donohoe
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Updated Jun 25th 2020, 4:45 PM

THE PSNI HAS said the search continues for missing 14-year-old Noah Donohoe after a number of items of his clothing were recovered. 

Noah Donohoe left his home in south Belfast at approximately 5.30pm on Sunday on his black Apollo mountain bike. The last confirmed sighting of him was shortly after 6pm that day.

“We know that Noah cycled into Northwood Road where he abandoned all his clothing, as he is seen a short time later cycling while naked. We believe Noah then dropped his bicycle and left the area on foot,”  Superintendent Muir Clark said today.

“I can confirm that we have recovered Noah’s Black crash helmet, blue Nike trainers with yellow tick, blue tie-die hoody, bicycle, and mobile phone.

“We have not yet found his khaki green North Face coat, grey sweat shorts and a green backpack containing a Lenovo laptop and a copy of the book, “12 Rules for Life” by Jordan B Peterson.”

Clark said police need to find these outstanding items and appealed to anyone who has found them to contact police immediately. 

Earlier today police also asked people to check their gardens, sheds, outbuildings or vehicles that had not been used for a while for any signs of the missing boy. 

They also asked people to call if items of clothing had gone missing from their washing lines. 

Clark said Noah’s family and police are “incredibly concerned for his safety”, adding that his disappearance is “completely out of character”.

He said if Noah sees the appeal to find him, he is “not in any trouble”, telling him: “Just call us, let us know that you are safe and we will come to you.”

Clark also appealed to any of Noah’s friends who may have information to let police know, again stressing that they are not in trouble.

Possible head injury 

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When Noah left home on Sunday evening, he was wearing a black skateboarding helmet, a khaki-green North Face jacket, grey sweat shorts with an emblem on one leg, a tie-dye blue hoodie, Nike trainers with a bright yellow tick, and carrying a khaki rucksack.

The teenager was seen on Ormeau Avenue at 5.45pm on Sunday. He was seen on Royal Avenue heading towards York Street a short time later, and then on North Queen Street heading towards Limestone Road at 5.57pm.

Clark said an eyewitness “believes they saw a young male matching Noah’s description fall off his bicycle on Sunday evening, possibly sustaining a head injury, in the vicinity of North Queen Street/York Street, but we do not know the specific time”.

“I want to pay particular tribute to all the people across North Belfast who have assisted with the search to date, and for those people who have allowed us to check through their properties,” Superintendent Clark said.

I appreciate everyone wants to help, but I now need the public to give both police and our Community Search and Rescue colleagues some space to ensure we have covered every possible area.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact police immediately on 101, quoting reference number 1619 of 21/06/20.

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