The body of missing former Bury striker James Dean has been found after a four day search, police have confirmed.

Dean, 35, was last seen in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, late on Wednesday night.

The local community banded together to search for the former forward and a police said body fitting his profile was found on Sunday afternoon.

A statement from Lancashire Constabulary said: "Following extensive police enquiries a body was found in the Moscow Mill Street area around 2.25pm today (Sunday, May 9).

"While the body has yet to be formally identified, it is believed to be Mr Dean. His family have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this time.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course.

"We would like to thank everyone who assisted during the search for James."

Dean made a handful of appearances for Bury in the 2007-8 season, before playing for several non-league clubs around the North West.

His former clubs Altrincham Town, Stalybridge Celtic and Ashton United were among those to pay tribute.

Altrincham FC tweeted: "Everyone at Altrincham would like to offer their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of James Dean, following this afternoon’s tragically sad news."

Ashton United FC tweeted: "We are deeply saddened to hear the news today regarding former player James Dean.

"Everyone at Ashton United sends our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends during this difficult period."

In a statement Stalybridge Celtic said: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of former Celtic player James Dean. Rest in peace, James."