The family of a teenager found dead in Belfast after a six-day search has urged people speculating on social media about his disappearance and death to cease.

A statement issued on behalf of Noah Donohoe's family urged anyone with information to contact the police or a human rights group helping them.

They again thanked members of the public for the "outpouring of good will and love" since the 14-year-old disappeared on Sunday, 21 June.

"We recognise the huge public concern of the entire population and we thank each and every one of you," the statement said.

"So many people have been incredibly generous to us with practical support. This support includes providing pieces of information regarding Noah's disappearance and death.

"Separately some have also ventilated concerns on social media platforms."

The family said the teenager's disappearance and death "undoubtedly raise questions" and it is working with the PSNI in the search for answers.

But they said public speculation and theory is unhelpful.

"We have seen a number of social media accounts which have been founded under Noah's name seeking further information," the statement added.

"These accounts do not have the family's permission."

The family said that "rather than ventilating any issue on social media platforms", they urged anyone with information regarding Noah's disappearance and death to forward it to the police or Relatives for Justice.

Noah's body was found in a storm drain in north Belfast following a huge search that involved hundreds of members of the public, as well as police and specialist teams.

Police have said there was no evidence of foul play.