Mark Bushnell search: Body found on Blackhall Rocks beach

Mark Bushnell Image copyright Durham Constabulary
Image caption Mark Bushnell was appointed Durham School's deputy head in charge of pastoral care in July 2012

A body has been found on a beach close to where a missing boarding school teacher's car was found two weeks ago.

Mark Bushnell, deputy head at Durham School, left his home in Durham City on 9 March with some dirty laundry after the family's washing machine broke.

His car was later discovered in a cliff top car park at Blackhall, near Peterlee.

Durham Police said it appeared the body of a middle-aged man "had been in the water for some time".

A member of the public found the body at Blackhall Rocks at about 07:00 GMT, the force said.

Image caption Police, coastguards and mountain rescuers searched the area near Blackhall Rocks

A formal identification has not yet been carried out, but Mr Bushnell's family have been informed.

A search of the area by police, coastguards and mountain rescue teams ended on Monday.

Supt Bill Dutton said it had been a "really big search".

"Since Mark was reported missing there have been numerous people involved in the search," he said.

"It is a difficult terrain to search over - cliff faces, beaches, it's very windy here."

He added that the force had received an "overwhelming" amount of information from the public.

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