Mark Bushnell search: Body identification may take days

Mark Bushnell Mark Bushnell left his home in Durham City on 9 March

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It could take days before a body washed up on a County Durham beach is formally identified, police have said.

The discovery, at Blackhall Rocks, near Peterlee, was in an area which had been the focus of an extensive search for a missing boarding school teacher.

Mark Bushnell left his home in Durham City on 9 March and his car was later found at a cliff-top car park.

Durham Police said the body had been in the water for some time, which meant identification was proving difficult.

Mr Bushnell's family has been informed of developments.

A post-mortem examination will be taking place on Monday.

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