A body has been found in the River Avon during a search for a dog walker who went missing in ‘extraordinary’ weather conditions more than eight weeks ago.
Keith, whose surname has not been given, left home to walk his dog in Bristol’s Blaise Woods at around 9.30am on December 4.
The 78-year-old was reported missing when his dog returned from the walk by itself that afternoon.
A pair of his walking poles were later found by a wooden bridge over the River Trym, a tributary of the Avon.
Extensive searches were carried out by police officers, divers and drones; along with volunteers from other organisations, but no trace of him was found.
On December 22, Avon and Somerset Police announced they were calling off the physical search for Keith.
A statement said: ‘The weather conditions on the day he was last seen were extraordinary, with the river in full flood, and if Keith did enter the water, it is likely he may have been swept into the River Avon, estuary and subsequently into the Bristol Channel.’
The force said his disappearance remained an active investigation, and officers would look into any new lines of inquiry.
This afternoon, the police account on X, formerly Twitter, confirmed a body had been found and said formal identification has not yet taken place.
A post said: ‘Officers searching for Keith, missing from Bristol since Monday 4 December, have this morning found a body in the River Avon.
‘While formal identification is yet to take place, the family of Keith have been updated.
‘Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.’
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