Body believed to be that of missing Armagh man

 

A body discovered in a river in Melbourne, Australia yesterday is believed to be that of missing Co Armagh man, Stephen King.

Police in Melbourne are currently trying to identify the body, which was found in the Yarra River at around midday.

Stephen King (28) from Keady, was last seen last Saturday week when he left a group of friends at an Irish pub in the Southbank area of Melbourne.

He had arrived in Australia a few weeks earlier for a year-long working holiday. Mr King’s friends believed that he was going to a casino when he left PJ O’Brien’s pub at about 3.10am on July 19th.

The alarm was raised the following day when he failed to meet friends as expected.

They had arranged to meet to watch a GAA match in a local pub.

The missing man had been staying with his friend, Joe McQuade, in St Kilda. He did not have his passport or other belongings with him when he disappeared. Mr McQuade and a large group of ex-pats and friends have put up more than 2,000 posters around the city in a bid to find him.

More than 30 people have been involved in the search but the search is expected to intensify when his brothers arrive.

Last week, two brothers of Mr King flew out to Melbourne to join in the search.

According to reports, the family of Mr King have confirmed that the body found in the Yarra River is that of the missing man. Police said they could not officially confirm the identity of the remains until DNA tests had been carried out by the coroner.