Damien Heagney: Remains found in Cappagh reservoir identified as missing Co Tyrone man

Human remains found in a rural Co Tyrone reservoir have been confirmed as those of missing Cookstown man Damien Heagney.

Heagney was last seen in the Dromore area on New Years Eve and was reported missing in July, with specialist police diver teams locating remains in a reservoir near Cappagh on Wednesday.

A police spokesperson confirmed on Friday that the remains were those of the 47-year-old.

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“Major Investigation Team detectives have confirmed the human remains recovered from Cappagh reservoir on Wednesday 10th August are those of 47-year-old Damien Heagney,” a statement said.

“Specialist officers are continuing to search the Cappagh reservoir as part of the ongoing investigation. Detectives are following a number of lines of enquiry and there are no further details at present.”

Earlier this week police made an appeal for information on Heagney’s disappearance, offering a £20,000 reward for those who come forward.

Damien’s grey BMW with registration FX6 6JXR was found by police and is being examined, while another vehicle of interest has also been identified, a white Citroen Berlingo van with registration number LM58 UVW.

“We know that the Citroen van travelled in the Tyrone and Fermanagh areas between Friday 31st December and Friday 7th January. I would like to hear from anyone who saw this van during that time period,” Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Wilson said.

“Finally, Damien’s dog Tyson, a three-year old black coloured Rottweiler cross breed, which was wearing a red coloured collar, is also missing.

“I would appeal for anyone who has any information surrounding Damien’s disappearance and murder to contact Major Investigation Team detectives on 101 quoting reference 1058 of 19/07/22.”


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