R.I.P. James Nolan


Dec 30, 2009
The body found in Poland this morning has now been identified as that of Irish fan James Nolan. Very sad bit of news. Rest In Peace.

Heres an earlier article about the body being found:
Police searching for a young Irish fan who went missing in the northern Polish city of Bydgoszcz have recovered a body from a river in the city.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that police have informed them of the development. The body, as yet, has not been formally identified.
The search for James Nolan (21), an environmental engineering student from Blessington, Co Wicklow, resumed this morning and divers using specialist equipment concentrated their search on stretches of the river Brdo.
Police confirmed a short while later that a man's body had been recovered from the water. The body was located at a marina near Bydgoszcz Cathedral, in an area already searched by police, some 200 meters from where Mr Nolan was last seen.
Local media reported that there was no sign of any injuries on the body and police believe the man's death was an accident. A postmortem will be held later today.
The last sighting of Mr Nolan was in the early hours of Sunday morning in the city while socialising with friends.
He was in the company of 10 Irish friends which broke up in the old town area of Bydgoszcz in the early hours of Sunday morning. The last confirmed sighting of him was between 1am and 1.30am. Mr Nolan’s friends have remained in the area to assist in the search.

Yesterday, police reviewed CCTV footage and searched a number of locations, including a wooded area around the hotel where Mr Nolan and his friends were staying.

Hotels, guesthouses, local hospitals and other healthcare facilities have all been checked and an extensive social media campaign was under way, with thousands visiting a Facebook page and retweeting requests on Twitter for information on Mr Nolan’s whereabouts. High profile figures including former England soccer international and football pundit Gary Lineker and prominent football writer Guillem Balague assisted the campaign.

Poland’s missing persons agency featured his photograph and was carrying a description on its website.

Members of Mr Nolan’s family are expected in Bydgoszcz today.
The Irish Ambassador to Poland, Eugene Hutchinson, travelled to the city yesterday and met local civil and police officials.

Mr Hutchinson commended the local search effort, which has involved more than 100 police officers and members of the local community. “I have been extremely impressed by the intensive and very professional approach to investigating this case,” he said.

Source: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/0620/breaking5.html
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