Surrey police confirm Thames body is missing lecturer

Rex Walford
Image caption Dr Rex Walford went missing when the boat overturned on 2 January

Police have confirmed that a body pulled from the River Thames is a university lecturer who went missing when a boat capsized.

Surrey Police said post-mortem tests showed University of Cambridge lecturer Dr Rex Walford had drowned.

His body was recovered near Elmbridge Canoe Club in Weybridge, Surrey, on Sunday morning.

Dr Walford, who was in his 70s, went missing after a vessel overturned near Shepperton on 2 January.

The body of his friend Keith Lowde, 66, was found by police divers the following day.

Dr Walford and Mr Lowde were among three couples being taken across the river from a party on Pharaoh's Island.

The other passengers, three women and one man, made it to shore with minor injuries.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: "A post mortem took place yesterday at St Peter's hospital in Chertsey. The cause of death was determined as drowning.

"An inquest has been opened and adjourned."

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