River Torridge body identified as Clive Colling

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Local people helped in the search for Mr Collings in the days after he disappeared

The body of a man found in a river has been formally identified as a missing 76 year old.

Clive Colling, who had dementia, vanished from Bideford, Devon, on New Year's Day.

His body was found in the River Torridge on 14 April following a public appeal. His family, who were informed of the discovery, held a candle-lit vigil that night.

On Friday the coroner confirmed the body was that of Mr Colling.

Following the discovery Mr Colling's family thanked Devon and Cornwall Police and public for their help in finding him.

A Facebook post said: "After 104 days nature finally gave him up."

His step-daughter Sally Hewins wrote: "Thank you to the locals for their thoughts, efforts and kindness.

"He was found in the Torridge River by canoeists and I thank them for their bravery yesterday, along with the RNLI for the ultimate recovery and the police for their sensitivity."

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