Mark Bushnell search: Body formally identified as teacher

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

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A body found washed up on a County Durham beach has been confirmed as that of a missing teacher.

Mark Bushnell, 50, deputy head at Durham School, left his home in Durham City on 9 March and his car was later found at a cliff-top car park.

His body was found at Blackhall Rocks, near Peterlee at 07:00 GMT on Saturday.

Durham Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and the coroner had been informed.

Det Ch Insp Andy Huddleston, said: "Our thoughts are with Mark's family at this extremely difficult time.

"Mark's wife, Joanna would like to thank all involved in the search for Mark for their efforts."

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