A BODY has been found in a marina that has been the focus of a missing man search.
A fisherman alerted police to the body after he spotted it yesterday afternoon near the boats in Hartlepool Marina.
A police marine unit was called in to recover the body from the water while detectives inspected the area.
The body has yet to be formally identified, with a post-mortem examination expected to take place today.
Diving experts from Northumbria Police have been scouring the marina’s depths for Joshua Willingale since Wednesday, but their underwater efforts proved fruitless.
Officers feared he may have been in the water because the 24-year-old was captured on CCTV at 1.42am on Saturday, September 15, in the area near the Premier Inn, at Jackson’s Dock.
Police were focusing their inquiries around the waterside because it is where his last known confirmed sighting took place.
Joshua’s family are said to be devastated and desperate to know of his whereabouts.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “Police can confirm a body has been found in Hartlepool Marina.
“Inquiries are underway to identify the deceased person.”
Joshua went missing after a night out with friends on the same day that saw him go to the Royal pub, in the town’s Church Street.
He did not return home.
He is described as white, 6ft 2in-tall, of slim build, with short, brown, wavy hair.
He has a chip to his top-front tooth.
At the time of his disappearance he was wearing a black Adidas zip-up top with red stripes on the sleeves, a white T-shirt with a large blue Adidas emblem on the front, blue jogging bottoms and white Lacoste trainers.
Anyone with any information can contact Hartlepool Police on the non-emergency 101 number.