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Family of missing man supported after body find

Search operation: Rescue crews on a previous search of Ravenglass estuary, looking for John Allen (below) who went missing on April 28

Search operation: Rescue crews on a previous search of Ravenglass estuary, looking for John Allen (below) who went missing on April 28

The family of a missing man are being supported by police after a body was found in a river.

John Allen, 76, from Fulwood, Preston, went missing at around 9am on April 28 at Ravenglass Estuary in Cumbria.

It is thought the keen walker may have been trying to help his dog out of the water.

A number of searches involving the coastguard, mountain rescue teams, police officers have taken place, with more than 100 people involved in the efforts.

Yesterday police said a male body had been found in the river at Muncaster.

It was reported to them at 12.50pm.

Formal identification has not yet taken place and inquiries are on-going.

In a statement Cumbria Police said: “The family of missing person John Allen have been notified and are being supported at this time.”

The coroner will be informed.

The Evening Post previously reported that Mr Allen had been on a family holiday at the time he went missing.

A family statement released at the time revealed that the family holiday had turned into heartache for the Allen family.

His wife of 52 years Diana and the rest of Mr Allen’s family released a statement thanking people for their help in the search and the support they have received as this “most difficult time.”

They said: “13 members of the Allen family from Preston enjoyed a memorable few days in the beautiful Eskdale valley.

“John, a keen, capable, mountain walker, and the most senior Allen, took his dog for its usual morning walk on Monday morning - something he loved to do.

“It appears that for some unknown reason John got into difficulties whilst walking near the River Esk Estuary around Ravenglass and subsequently never returned from his walk.”

The family also said at the time they “wish to express their deep gratitude” to family, friends and emergency services for their support at the “most difficult time.”

 

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