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Police searching for missing Gwyn Morris, 88, find a body

Gwyn Morris
Image caption Gwyn Morris was described by police as as "extremely vulnerable"

Police searching for an 88-year-old man missing from a Hertfordshire care home have found a body.

Gwyn Morris went missing from his home in Stanstead Abbotts on 6 December.

The body of a man, which has not been formally identified, was found in water at Feildes Weir Lock in Hoddesdon and is believed to be that of Mr Morris.

Volunteers had spent the day looking for him after his family appealed for the public's help to mark three weeks since his disappearance.

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place later, but a Hertfordshire Police spokesman said he did not believe the death was suspicious.

'Strength and courage'

Mr Morris' family had turned to Facebook for help while Hertfordshire Police continued the hunt and a search was organised through the Help Find Gwyn Morris page.

The family also posted photographs of Mr Morris online.

They had hoped to take the search nationwide as it was thought Mr Morris, who had dementia, may have been trying to return to Wales where he grew up and still has family ties.

Ch Insp Gerry McDonald, said: "This is extremely tragic news and our thoughts are with Gwyn's daughter Ann and her family. I would like to pay tribute to them for their strength and courage during what has understandably been a very difficult time.

"I would also like to thank members of the public... for their support in the last three weeks."

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