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Tragedy as search party hunting for missing footballer James Dean, 35, find a body

The body of former professional footballer James Dean has been found after a four day search, according to police.

The ex-Halifax Town and Chorley hero, 35, was last seen in Oswaldtwistle near Blackburn, Lancs, at around midnight on Weds.

An extensive search was launched and he was found in the Moscow Mill Street area around 2.25pm today.

Former footballer James Dean, 35, vanished on Wednesday sparking a search by police and members of the community

While the body has yet to be formally identified, it is believed to be the footballer's.

In a statement, Lancs Police said: '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.'

They said: 'Our thoughts are with the family and friends of former Celtic player James Dean. 'Rest in peace, James.'

Harrogate Town, another former club, added: 'Our thoughts are with the family and friends of former Town player James Dean at this incredibly sad time.'

Former Blackburn Rovers player Mat Jansen tweeted: 'Absolutely devastated to hear this news Broken heart such a great guy. RIP Deano.'

Fans of the clubs the striker played for also played tribute.

One said: 'James Dean was one of the players who made me fall in love with Chorley FC.

'A committed handful of a striker, he immediately made an impression on me with his hardworking nature.

'Rest in Peace Deano.'

James Dean (right) pictured playing during his playing days with Bamber Bridge FC

Another added: 'James Dean, a true Town legend. Thank you for the amazing memories. 'Can't believe the news. Thoughts are with his family and friends right now. RIP Deano.'

The 6'3' striker started his career at Great Harwood Town before a move to Bury in 2007.

During his time at the club, Dean made four Football League appearances.

He then had a short spell at Stalybridge, before moving to Hyde United, and then Harrogate Town.

In 2009, Dean joined FC Halifax Town, playing for the club for three years, before signing for AFC Fylde in 2012.

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