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Colin Vasey search sees police find body in River Calder

POLICE have found a body in a river in the search for a missing man from Dewsbury.

Colin Vasey went missing exactly a month ago, on November 17.

The 81-year-old's disappearance provoked a huge police search operation, as well as a big social media campaign, to try find the pensioner.

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Police divers searching the River Calder earlier today discovered the body of a man.

The body was found in the river, at around 12:50pm, near to the building yard at Horbury Bridge - around four miles from the centre of Dewsbury.

Formal identification has yet to take place but Mr Vasey’s family has been informed.

Detective Chief Inspector Fiona Gaffney, of Kirklees CID, said: "Following an extensive search for over the past four weeks, we are sad to inform the public that a body has been found in the search for Colin Vasey.

"While formal identification has yet to take place, the family of Mr Vasey are aware and they are being supported by officers.

"This wasn’t the outcome we were wishing for, but we hope Mr Vasey’s family will now have the closure they need and can begin to grieve for Colin.

"They have requested that their privacy is respected at this time.

"I would like to thank all those who have helped in the search for Mr Vasey – the outpouring of support and the response from the public has been nothing short of immense.

"We have had hundreds of people helping in whatever way they can, from providing and searching for CCTV, to on the ground searches.

"Their support is greatly appreciated by Mr Vasey’s family, the police and the wider community."