Sister of teen whose body found in NI river tells of ‘pain and heartache’ of not knowing her last movements - ‘the pain is unbearable as the days go on’

A sister of teen Shona Gillan whose body was found in a river nine weeks ago has appealed for anyone with information about her last movements to reach out.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 3:32 pm

In a post on social media Amy Reid says: “9 WEEKS! 9 long weeks ago our family got the call that our baby sister was found dead.. the call I wouldn’t wish on anyone to ever receive,”

She adds that “until you have you will never understand the pain”.

The elder sister adds the situation means she has endured “9 weeks of wakening up and battling through everyday knowing that I could possibly be passing individuals who were with her on her last movements or holding information”.

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“The information is out there, please bring it forward to the police,” she adds.

“Put yourself into our shoes, Shona was a daughter, a sister, an auntie, a niece, a granddaughter, a cousin, and a friend.

“She was the baby of our family, even though she was 18 a few months before she was only a teen.

“Imagine one day your loved one leaves home and never comes back again with no explanation as to why, you have to identify your baby sister at the scene, you have to lay your baby sister to her resting place with no idea as to what has happened or how she died.

“The pain and the heartache is absolutely unbearable as the days go on. “

The post, added last night to Facebook, says: “Let me remind you, Antrim is a very very small town!!

“One that normally talks a lot.

“So next time you hear something, think about where your loyalty lies and how an 18 year old girl with her whole life ahead of her, in our community has died, in strange circumstances, you’re holding onto information that could be the missing piece.

“If you do anything today after reading this, do the right thing and make the right call.. if you know anything at all surrounding Shona’s death, or her last movements, pass it onto the police and give forward the information. 101 is completely confidential and kept anonymous they don’t have to know your name.

“Enough is enough.”


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