Body of teenage girl, 14, found a week after she went missing on St Patrick’s Day

The body of missing Elisha Gault who has been missing since St Patrick’s Day has been found.

Searchers looking for Elisha Gault made the discovery in the river Suir in Waterford, Ireland, about eight kilometres from where she was last seen alive over a week ago, the Irish Mirror reports.

It’s understood that the search and rescue Coast Guard helicopter was on its way back to Waterford airport from a routine operation but crew members saw a body floating in the water near a bridge some time after 6pm on tonight.

The Coast Guard have been involved in the search throughout the last week.

Divers went to the scene and the body was recovered from low water along the edge of the Suir, about seven or eight kilometres from Carrick-on-Suir.

Fourteen-year-old Elisha was last seen alive at about 10.15pm on St Patrick’s night in Carrick-on-Suir, heading towards the Carrickbeg area.

Family and friends have made numerous appeals over the last week for information on her whereabouts, while appeals were made directly to Elisha herself to contact her family or police if she was alive.

She was described as being between 5’10” and 6’ in height with blue eyes and dyed blonde hair.

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Many state agencies and voluntary bodies were involved in searching the area around the Suir in and near Carrick since Sunday morning including the gardaí, civil defence, the Coast Guard, Carrick River Rescue, Waterford Marine Search and Rescue, Nenagh Search and Rescue, Mallow Search and Rescue, and others.

Elisha is a pupil of Comeragh College in Carrick and her mother Grainne is originally from Belfast.

Grainne Gault said on Friday on Facebook that the family were “broken-hearted” with no news of Elisha’s whereabouts.

“If you know of her whereabouts, tell her she isn’t in trouble, she won’t be forced to come home if she doesn’t want to, we just want to know she is safe and well and we can call off all the search efforts and myself, her daddy and her three sisters love her very much, no matter what,” she said.

The Irish police said in a statement: “The body of Elisha was discovered this evening the 25th March 2018 and has been taken to the mortuary in Waterford University Hospital.

“Gardai would like to thank all the volunteers and search agencies in the search for Elisha and also to the media in their coverage of the appeals for assistance.”