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Missing man Sean McKenna found dead in loch

Sean McKenna Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Sean McKenna had last been seen in the early hours of 10 October

The body of a young man who went missing in North Lanarkshire earlier this month has been found in a loch.

Sean McKenna, 24, from Coatbridge, had been missing since leaving a friend's house in the early hours of 10 October.

Police Scotland said a man's body, found in Woodend Loch, Coatbridge, at 18:00 on Thursday, had been formally identified as Mr McKenna.

A post mortem examination will be held to establish the cause of death, which is not being treated as suspicious.

Community impact

Ch Insp Gavin Russell said: "I would like to thank the public and the media for all their assistance in sharing our appeals to trace Sean McKenna.

"His disappearance has had a massive impact within the local community, who have really pulled together since he was first reported missing. The news of his death has been felt widely across Coatbridge today.

"My thoughts, the thoughts of the officers who have been dedicated to the inquiry and the thoughts of the community are with his family and friends at this tragic time."

Mr McKenna's father had confirmed on Thursday night that his son's body had been found.

James McKenna wrote on Facebook: "It breaks my heart to post this.

"The police have just informed us that Sean McKenna has been found dead in the loch.

"We can't thank the people who have searched and gave up their time looking for him and how the community came together as one.

"We are devastated at our loss and we have lost our youngest son. Hopefully he's up in heaven looking down on us with his big, happy smile."

Sean, who lived in the Townhead area of Coatbridge, left a friend's house nearby at 03:00 but was not seen again.

Much of the search focused on Drumpellier Country Park, with many volunteers helping to look for him.

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