Body found in search for missing Josh Cotton

Josh Cotton, who was reported missing from Sawley Marina. Photo submitted.
Josh Cotton, who was reported missing from Sawley Marina. Photo submitted.
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Police searching for missing man Josh Cotton have confirmed the discovery of a body.

Officers carrying out searches of the River Trent between Sawley Marina and Attenborough Nature Reserve made the discovery at around 1pm this afternoon (Tuesday).

Formal identification of the deceased has not yet taken place, but a spokesman for Leicestershire Police said “it is believed to be missing man Josh Cotton”.

The 22-year-old lived on his narrowboat, The Spirit, at the marina and was last seen at around 4pm on Friday March 11, on the bank close by.

Searches have taken place throughout the area to try and locate him, and Leicestershire Police said scores of people responded to appeals for information.

Since his disappearance, specialist officers have conducted dives into the marina, canal and River Trent.

A helicopter has been searching over the marina, and nearby areas of the canal and river have been searched using specialist sonar equipment.