Body found in search for missing Portland man

Body found in search for missing Portland man

Published by Maria Greenwood at 6:28am 27th July 2020.

A body has been found in the search for missing man Thomas Gatfield from Portland.

Dorset Police received a report at 10.39pm on Thursday (23 July) raising concern for the welfare of the 34-year-old man after he was in mobile phone contact with family and friends and seemed very upset.

Extensive searches were carried out to try and locate Thomas, assisted by HM Coastguard, the NPAS helicopter and Dorset Search and Rescue (DorSAR).

At around 10.20am on Sunday (26 July) a body of a man was found on Portland.

While the body is yet to be formally identified, it is believed to be that of Thomas. His family has been informed and is being supported by officers. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Detective Chief Inspector Andy Bell, of Dorset Police, said:

“Our thoughts are with Thomas’ family and friends at this extremely difficult time.

“We would like to thank all agencies involved in the searches and everyone who shared our appeals.”