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Ruth Suter

Body discovered in Scots river in search for missing Barry McCullagh

A body has been found in a river during the search for missing man Barry McCullagh.

Police were alerted to the discovery at Old Patrick Water in Elderslie, Johnstone, East Renfrewshire, at 6.15pm on Sunday, March 26. While formal identification is yet to take place, Barry's family have been informed.

The 40-year-old, from the Castlemilk area of Glasgow, was reported missing from Paisley over five months ago with the last sighting of the 40-year-old caught on CCTV at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) on Wednesday, October 5. Emergency services remain at the scene of the discovery this afternoon.

Images show multiple police vehicles, a fire engine, ambulance crews and a water rescue boat in attendance. In January, we told how Barry's heartbroken loved ones turned to a psychic in a desperate bid to trace his whereabouts.

It emerged that the dad-of-two had been admitted to the RAH the night before he went missing on Tuesday, October 4. He had been experiencing seizures for the previous 18 months and had taken a seizure on the previous Saturday.

Emergency crews remain at the scene (Andrew Neil)

When he began hallucinating and appeared agitated his worried family phoned an ambulance. They thought Barry would be taken from his Castlemilk home to a Glasgow hospital but he was taken to the RAH where he was sedated.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Around 6.15 pm on Sunday, 26 March 2023, police were called to a report of a body of a man in Old Patrick Water, Elderslie, Johnstone. Officers and emergency services are at the scene and enquiries are ongoing.

“Although formal identification has yet to take place, the family of Barry McCullagh, who has been missing from the Paisley area since Wednesday, 5 October 2022, have been informed."

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