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Body found in search for mum who went missing on hen do

A body has been found in the search for a young mum who went missing while at a hen do on Saturday night.

Ruth Maguire, 30, travelled to Carlingford, Co Louth near the border of Northern Ireland and the Republic to celebrate a friend’s imminent marriage.

Her friends issued a desperate appeal after she was last seen at 11.30pm on Saturday.

She became separated from the 32-strong group as they walked back to a house they had rented five minutes away and her friends immediately tried to find her.

CCTV captured the mum-of-three walking towards an area of water at Carlingford Lough after leaving Taaffe’s bar in the town centre.

A post mortem will be carried out but Gardai are treating it as a tragic event.

"He drove down today and she was not there. Her mobile is going straight to voicemail.

"It was 11.30pm last night she was last seen.

"The police in Carlingford are involved."

Her friend Seana McMullan posted on Facebook on Sunday: "It’s now been a full 24 hours since Ruth Maguire has been seen.

"She was separated from our hen party in Carlingford and we assumed that she would return by morning after a few of the girls searched for her.

"Her phone has not been active since 12pm last night."

Ruth is originally from Belfast but lives in Newcastle, Co Down with her family and works at Daisy Hill hospital.

The body was found between Carlingford and Greenore.

Ruth’s coat had been left at the bar and her phone appeared to have been turned off.

A joint search by Gardai, the Irish Coastguard, the Rescue 116 helicopter and the Kilkeel lifeboat was called off as darkness fell on Sunday.

The search resumed the morning and a body was recovered from the water this afternoon.

A garda spokeswoman said: "The body is believed to be that of missing woman Ruth Maguire.

"Gardaí wish to thank the public for their help in this instance, the help of the volunteers and the Coast Guard. No further assistance is required."

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