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Missing Woman’s Body Washed Up In Scotland

A body which was found washed up on the west coast of Scotland was that of a woman who had been missing for a fortnight, police have confirmed.

Karen Coyles, who worked at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, disappeared from Ballycastle, Co Antrim.

A sniffer dog had led searchers to a cliff path near the town and the hunt for her body was concentrated on the waters around the area.

Scottish police found Ms Coyles’ body on the Mull of Kintyre and said they were not treating her death as suspicious.

Ms Coyles, 47, went missing on September 11. Her colleagues raised the alarm when she failed to show up for work at the Biomedical Sciences Research Institute the next day.

Professor Hugh McKenna, pro-vice-chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Ulster, said they were “saddened and shocked” at the news.

“She was a highly valued, popular and respected member of staff,” he said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen’s family at this tragic time.”

Ms Coyles was a keen sportswoman and chaired the Ballycastle Camogie Club.

Her team had just returned from Dublin where they had been playing a match of the Irish stick-and-ball sport.

Ms Coyles had captained the winning team in the all-Ireland Camogie Sevens tournament.