Elisha Gault's mother pays emotional tribute to her "beautiful, funny, intelligent" daughter

Anne O'Grady

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Anne O'Grady

Elisha Gault

Elisha Gault went missing on St. Patrick's Day

The mother of the Carrick-on-Suir teenager Elisha Gault, whose body was recovered from the River Suir last night, has paid an emotional tribute to her "beautiful, funny, intelligent" daughter.

In a message posted on social media, Grainne Gault thanked all those who had helped in the search for her young daughter who was last seen on St. Patrick's Day, March 17.

"Our baby girl has been recovered, thank you all for your efforts in bringing her home to us, so we can now lay her to rest"

The discovery was made by Waterford based Rescue 117 shortly after 7pm on Sunday, on a section of the River Suir near Killowen, Portlaw.

Elisha was last seen at about 10.15pm on St Patrick’s day on Dillon Bridge in Carrick-on-Suir, heading towards the Carrickbeg area on the Co Waterford side of the town. The family of the missing teen made several heartbreaking appeals in the days that followed Elisha's disappearance on social media for help in tracing the whereabouts of their beloved daughter. 

Hundreds of volunteers supported the massive search operation for the Comeragh College student including the gardaí, civil defence, the Coast Guard, Carrick River Rescue, Waterford Marine Search and Rescue, Nenagh Search and Rescue and Mallow Search and Rescue.

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