TRIBUTES have been paid to a Newtownstewart man who was found dead in the Beltany Road area of Newtownstewart on Friday evening.
David Mitchell (42) was reported missing at 6.40pm on Thursday. A search and rescue operation was launched before his body was retrieved on Friday.
Well-known in the local area, Mr Mitchell worked at Cita Furnishings. Paying tribute to his employee Alwyn Darragh, proprietor of Cita Furnishings, said “On Friday we lost a good friend and great worker of 22 years. He was the best man in the workshop that I have seen in a long time and he will be missed by the whole team. He was a real gentleman and my thoughts go out to the whole family. RIP Davy.”
West Tyrone MLA Thomas Buchanan also extended his sympathy to Mr Mitchell’s family.
“I wish to offer my sincere condolences to David’s wider family circle. These are truly tragic circumstances and undoubtedly his home will be in mourning. At this stage the community needs to rally around them and offer their support.”
A large scale search and rescue mission was in operation in the Newtownstewart area through the day on Friday. Following the discovery of Mr Mitchell’s remains a spokesperson for the PSNI said, “Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a man in the Beltany Road area of Newtownstewart on January 5. A post mortem is due to be carried out. His death is not being treated as suspicious at this time.”
A funeral service for Mr Mitchell will take place on Tuesday at his home on the Killymore Road, followed by burial at Badoney Presbyterian Churchyard. He is survived by his mother Mary, siblings Joanne, Samuel and Kathryn, and pre-deceased by his father William Thomas.