Body of missing Josh Thomas recovered from river

  • 30 April 2013
  • From the section Kent
Josh Thomas
Image caption Josh Thomas had been on a night out with friends before he went missing on 10 April

A body recovered from the River Medway in Kent has been confirmed as that of Welsh soldier Josh Thomas, who had been missing for nearly three weeks.

The 18-year-old, based at Brompton Barracks in Gillingham, was last seen on CCTV in Rochester at 01:00 BST on 10 April after a night out with friends.

His body was found on Monday in the river off Rochester Pier, close to where he disappeared.

The death of Mr Thomas, from Neath, is not being treated as suspicious.

The teenager was serving with the Royal Engineers.

An Army spokesman said his colleagues were "devastated" by his death.

He said: "The regiment is devastated at the loss of this bright young soldier, and the thoughts of everyone at Chatham station go out to his family and friends."

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