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Bodies found in search for missing couple on Scottish coast

Bodies found in search for missing couple on Scottish coast

Police searching for a missing couple whose car was found washed up on a Scottish beach have found the bodies of a man and woman. Officers looking for James and Susan Kenneavy said the body of a woman was found at the edge of the water in Port William, near Newton Stewart in Dumfries and…

Police searching for a missing couple whose car was found washed up on a Scottish beach have found the bodies of a man and woman.

Officers looking for James and Susan Kenneavy said the body of a woman was found at the edge of the water in Port William, near Newton Stewart in Dumfries and Galloway, at about 8.15am on Saturday. A man’s body was recovered nearby at 8.45am.

The couple’s Ford Kuga was found empty on Drummore beach in bad weather near Stranraer in south-west Scotland on Thursday morning, sparking air, sea and land searches.

Officers said James Kenneavy, 79, and his wife, Susan, 65, had not been seen at home or by family.

“Although formal identification has still to take place, it is believed to be the missing couple and their next of kin has been informed,” a police statement said.

“A full report will be sent to the procurator fiscal. Our thoughts are with their family at this time.”

Their car was discovered hours after the nearby coastal road had been closed due to flooding from 30ft waves and high winds caused by Storm Diana. Police fear the vehicle may have been washed into the sea from the road. It was found at the bottom of an embankment by workers who were clearing the road.

Over 40 people joined the coastline search for the couple despite torrential rain and high winds. The couple, who live in Drummore village, were known locally.

Neighbour Edward Beck, who has known Mr Kenneavy for more than 30 years, told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme that his friend was a “diamond”.

“No matter what he was going through he would always smile and laugh – very witty and full of humour,” he said. “A really nice little fellow. I love him to bits, he is just great.”

He added he believed the couple were originally from the East Kilbride area but had been living in Dumfries and Galloway for decades.

HM Coastguard was contacted by police on Thursday afternoon requesting assistance in the search for the couple.

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