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Body Discovered in Ongoing Search for Missing Person Lee Johnston

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Police have officially announced the discovery of a body in the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Lee Johnston. In a brief statement released on Wednesday, October 18, a representative from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) stated:

“Police searching for missing person Lee Johnston have located the body of a man in the Maghera area. Officers remain at the scene. More details will follow in due course.”

Lee Johnston, a 21-year-old individual, had been missing since October 7th. Earlier in the day, Superintendent Michael O’Loan, the Mid Ulster District Commander, expressed the following:

“We are continuing to search for 21-year-old Lee Johnston, from the Coleraine area, who we are treating as a high-risk missing person. Lee was first reported missing to police on Friday evening, 13th October, and we are becoming increasingly concerned about his safety. It is completely out of character for him to not be in contact with his family, who are being supported by specialist officers during this worrying time.

“We have launched a criminal investigation into his disappearance to support the missing person investigation. Two people, a woman aged 31 and a man aged 33, who were arrested have since been released on police bail pending further enquiries. Lee has links to the Coleraine, Ballymena, Limavady, and Cookstown areas.”

Superintendent O’Loan also appealed for assistance, stating:

“I am appealing to anyone who was travelling through the Mullagh Park area in Maghera between 3pm and 4pm on Saturday, 7th October, to think if they saw Lee or anything unusual following his visit to the supermarket after 5pm. If you did, please report it to the police immediately. I would also appeal to anyone with dash-cam, CCTV, or mobile footage that could aid our inquiries to make contact with the police on 101, quoting reference number 1782 13/10/23.”

Individuals with information can also reach out anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111 or online at



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