By staff reporter
Police in London have said that a body found in Leicester Square yesterday may be that of missing Irish Dublin City University (DCU) student Patrick Halpin.
Police say the death is not being treated as suspicious and his family are being kept informed and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course.
The body was discovered Thursday evening, just yards from where the 18-year-old disappeared in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
His father and sister, who had travelled to London to help the search, had their hopes raised shortly before the body was found when they were told that Patrick had been located by airport security at Gatwick. This is because his name was on a block booking as his travelling party checked in to return to Dublin but it was without him.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said the body discovered by officers was “in an enclosed area in the vicinity of Burger King and the Zoo Bar off Leicester Square”.
Patrick was in London on a trip with Dublin City University’s drama club, and was last seen leaving Zoo Bar in the early hours of Wednesday morning to go to a nearby Burger King.
Patrick played hurling with local club Kilnadeema/Leitrim and for Ireland’s under-18 volleyball team, he had recently turned 18 and had not visited London since his childhood.
When he was last seen he was wearing blue jeans and a blue T-shirt.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police 101 or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.