Post-mortem due after body found by road

Police at the scene on Dunluce Road Portrush where a mans body was found around 9am on Sunday morning.
Police at the scene on Dunluce Road Portrush where a mans body was found around 9am on Sunday morning.

A post-mortem is to be held today to establish how a man who was found by the roadside in Portrush died.

The discovery of his body was made on the Dunluce Road area at about 9am yesterday.

Police said a member of the public found the body and raised the alarm.

Chief Inspector Mark McClarence said yesterday: “At this time the cause of death is unclear and as such the Dunluce Road will remain closed until after the post-mortem tomorrow morning.”

The area between Skerries caravan park and Ballybogey Road on the Dunluce Road was closed following the discovery.

Last night UUP Alderman Norman Hillis, from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council – and who lives close to where the man’s body was found – said: “I attended the scene and at the end of the day a family is grieving because someone has lost their life.

“We don’t know if it was natural causes or foul play at this moment and time but it is a tragedy for that family nevertheless.

“When I was at the scene, it was a stunning day in Portrush – a lovely crisp day – but a few hours earlier someone sadly lost their life.

“It is a tragedy for that family and a shock for people in Portrush that something like this can happen.

“If anyone has any information they should pass it to the PSNI.”

DUP Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Michelle Knight-McQuillan, said: “I am sure it was a shocking thing for the member of the public to come across on the road and a shock for the family to have to find out their loved one had died.

“I don’t know what the circumstances are to his death, but to be found in that way must be difficult.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and hopefully they will find out the circumstances of his death as quickly as possible.”