Body found in river thought to be that of missing Tulsk man

The body of a young man taken from the Hudson River in New York is believed to be that of missing Tulsk man Tony Devine. A carpenter by trade, the 29-year-old son of Anthony and Dorothy Devine of Clooneigh, Tulsk has been in New York since 2001. He went missing after a night out in Midtown, Manhattan on November 30 th last. He was last seen socialising with friends at Slattery’s Midtown Bar on 36 th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues at midnight on that night.  New York City Police believe a body taken from the Hudson River near the George Washington Bridge on Thursday last is that of the Tulsk carpenter. The body was discovered by an 18-year-old man who was fishing in the river. The clothes on the body matched the description of the clothing which Tony Devine was last seen wearing. A preliminary investigation by medical examiners is not believed to have detected any apparent trauma to the body, but family members have stated that it is premature to conclude the identity of the body before the autopsy is concluded. Family members are now waiting on results from a DNA test, which could take up to two months. Since his disappearance, family members and friends have conducted a search, headed up by Tony’s younger brother Martin, who also lives in New York. The family also received much help and support from members of the Irish community in the city. His family also offered a reward for any information which would lead to his safe return.