Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Body found in missing man search

John Shalies was last seen near a lake after a night out with friends in Taw Hill near Swindon (Wiltshire Police, PA)

Police searching for a man who went missing following a night out say they have found a body.

John Shailes had been out with friends on Friday night enjoying a drink at the Tawny Owl Pub in Taw Hill, near Swindon.

But when the Manchester United fan failed to return home, relatives became worried and told police that the 27-year-old's disappearance was "totally out of character".

Earlier, officers launched a public appeal for information and confirmed they were conducting searches in the Moulden Hill Lake. But now detectives said they had found the body of a man in River Ray, which is at the rear of the lake.

Inspector Paul Hawkins said: "Formal identification has not yet been completed, but the family of John Shailes, 27, who was reported as missing from Swindon have been informed of this development.

"We are investigating the circumstances of the death and are still appealing for information from anyone who saw John yesterday evening."

Inspector Hawkins also urged the public to take care when using lakes and rivers in the county during the hot weather.

"The depth of the water can be deceiving and even experienced swimmers can get into difficulty," he added.

"There may be hidden dangers such as sharp objects or strong currents and it is important we raise these concerns and encourage parents to highlight the risks to children."

Those able to assist officers with their investigations on Mr Shailes' movements should contact Wiltshire Police via the 101 telephone number. People phoning outside the force area should dial 01380 735735.

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