Body found in search for boy, 13, missing in River Wear

24 February 2020, 13:43 | Updated: 24 February 2020, 14:08

Toronto Bridge over the River Wear where the body of a 13 year old boy was found
Toronto Bridge over the River Wear where the body of a 13 year old boy was found. Picture: LBC News

By Asher McShane

The body of a teenage boy has been found in the River Wear following a major search operation for a missing 13-year-old.

Specialists from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue joined police, fire officers and the police helicopter in the search near Bishop Auckland, County Durham on Sunday night.

A Durham Police spokeswoman said: "Sadly, the body of a teenager was found in the river this morning

"Formal identification has yet to take place, but it is believed to be the body of a 13-year-old boy.

The boy's body was found in the River Wear near Bishop Auckland
The boy's body was found in the River Wear near Bishop Auckland. Picture: PA

"His family have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this tragic time."

The spokeswoman said the boy's death was not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

Earlier, the force had urged people not to join the search as conditions near the river were treacherous.

Before the body was found, the force tweeted: "We are aware of a number of people who are planning to go to the Bishop Auckland area this morning to assist in the search.

"Conditions near the river are particularly hazardous and we would request people stay away from the area for their own safety."

This story is being updated

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