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Body Found In Search For Missing Schoolboy
Police searching for a missing schoolboy who disappeared after falling into a river have discovered a body.
Ian Bell, eight, fell into the swollen River Wear near Willington, County Durham, on April 27.
Durham Police said the body of a young boy had been found downstream from Page Bank Bridge, more than three miles away.
A police spokesman said Ian's family had been informed of the discovery.
He added: "Arrangements are being made for formal identification to take place and the coroner has been informed. An inquest will be held in due course.
"The search is now in the process of being scaled down as Durham Constabulary has no other reports of missing persons at this time.
"Durham Constabulary would like to thank all those involved in the search for their help and their support."
Ian, from Sunnybrow, County Durham, was playing with friends when he was swept away.
Search specialists joined police and dozens of members of the public to look for the schoolboy, without success.
A detailed search of the river and its banks has been carried out during the past week downstream past Durham to Chester-le-Street.
At one point officers co-ordinating the search sought the help of a professor who is an expert in rivers and flowing water, with the aim of directing efforts in specific directions.
Contact was also made with colleagues in South Yorkshire Police who had specialist search skills using police dogs.
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Very sad news, thoughts with the family
r.i.p. wee man
How terribly sad for the family and what a shock.
Aww..may he r.i.p.
Poor love. Bless him and his dear family.
our thoughts are with his family.... heaven had another angel
How sad. My thoughts are with his family. R.I.P
As sad as this news is at least his family can now start to grieve properly. R.I.P little feller
so sad to see such a young age been taking from this world again,My thoughts are with this family
such sad news,regards to all his family.
God bless you little fella a real tragedy for your family
R.I.P. Little guy !! My thought's are with your family.
God bless little one, may you r.i.p, another little angel in heaven, thoughts with your family at this terrible time x
R.I.P little fella and may your family be blessed with the courage and strength to get through this difficult sad time. Also to the rescue worker that decided to post the picture on.facebook before his family found out shame on u i hope yr friends list was bursting at the seams for you! u had a trustworthy place and u done that im disgusted!!
It makes my heart ache. Can't bear to think of how his family are coping. RIP little one. We'll see you twinkling with all the other stars every night. X
Such sad news of a young boy sleep tight son thoughts are with you and all your family n friends xxxxX