The family of teenager Noah Donohoe, whose body was found in Belfast yesterday six days after he went missing, have thanked those who helped in the search and supported them.

A vigil in memory of the 14-year-old was held in north Belfast this evening, close to where he was last seen shortly after 6pm last Sunday.

A number of family members attended and released 14 balloons in his memory.

Hundreds of volunteers joined police and the Community Rescue Service in the search for the teenager during the week.

A statement released tonight said Noah and his mother Fiona "were each other's world".

Family members expressed their "overwhelming gratitude" for "the support, outpouring of love, and empathy we have received".

It added: "From walking with us, both physically and spiritually, to feeling our pain, we recognise that everyone has lost Noah.

"Noah’s mummy always told him that he would change the world. He was very special. It is very hard to do justice to honour the extraordinary relationship Noah and his mummy shared."

The teenager's body was found in a storm drain close to where he went missing.

The cause of death is not yet known, but police have said there is no reason at this stage to suspect foul play.