The family of Dean McCann who went missing earlier this month and was found on Sunday are leading tributes to the young man.
28 year old Dean went missing from his home in Drumcondra, Dublin on February 5th, and was last seen at a Bank of Ireland ATM in Eyre Square in Galway city just after 7am the next day.
After appeals from his family and the Gardaí, the search was called off on Sunday when a body was found in Galway.
Dean’s sister Tara has now paid a heartbreaking tribute to her brother only days after she renewed her appeal to find him.
Posting a picture of her brother, she wrote: “Our amazing Dean. My big brother. The light of our lives.. always and forever.”
Other family members and friends close to Dean have also paid tribute.
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One person said: “I am absolutely lost for words! I cannot believe it! Rest in Paradise Dean – you will be truly missed and forever loved!
“I know you will continue to watch over your gorgeous family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
Another person said: “I have no words. Heartbroken. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. Thank you everyone who shared my posts and helped to find Dean. Rest in Peace.”
Gardaí confirmed on Monday that the search for Dean had been stood down, with a Garda spokesperson saying: “Following the recovery of a body in Dangan, Co Galway on Sunday, February 13, 2022, the missing person appeal in respect of Dean McCann, 28 years, has been stood down.
“An Garda Siochana would like to thank the media and public for their assistance in this matter. No further action is required and no further information is available at this time.”