Body found in search for Brit woman, 30, who vanished on hen do

from Newcastle with 31 pals to celebrate a friend‘s imminent marriage. 

She was last seen alive at 11.30pm in the town on Saturday and her friends issued a desperate appeal.

A body has now been recovered from Carlingford Lough, a sea inlet that forms part of the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland – and police believe it is Ruth’s. 

She is originally from Belfast but lives in Newcastle with her family and works at Daisy Hill Hospital.

MISSING: Ruth Maguire was last seen alive on Saturday evening (Pic: FACEBOOK)

HOME CITY: She is originally from Belfast but lives in Newcastle with her family (Pic: FACEBOOK)

Ruth and her friends were staying in a house in Carlingford, but she had not returned by midnight. 

One of the group told News that Ruth‘s disappearance was “completely out of character”.

Divers, a rescue helicopter and the Irish Coast Guard were involved in the major search effort. 

A police spokesman today said: “The search for a missing 30-year-old woman has been stood down following the discovery of a body of a woman in the water at Carlingford Lough this afternoon, Monday the 18th of March 2019.

“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.

HOLIDAY: Ruth and her friends were staying in a house in Carlingford (Pic: FACEBOOK)

“We thought she was going to head home to Newcastle”

Bridesmaid Katrina O‘Hare

“No further assistance is required.”

Bridesmaid Katrina O‘Hare earlier told Belfast Live: “We thought she was going to head home to Newcastle because she had said to a bouncer she was going to get to Newcastle from here but her partner and kids were at her mum‘s house in Ligoniel.

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

“It was 11.30pm last night (Saturday) she was last seen.

“The police in Carlingford are involved.”

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