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Inquest opened into marina death

Edward Gillespie went missing before Christmas Credit: Essex Police

The inquest into the death of 38-year-old Edward Gillespie from Luton has been opened and adjourned. Mr Gillespie went missing following an office party at Roydon Marina before Christmas. His body was recovered from the water on January 26.

His mother paid tribute to him, saying: "No words can express my feelings at the moment. I doubt if I will ever come to terms with the loss of Ed but I have drawn some small comfort over the past weeks from the kindness and help that so many people have shown me.

I would like to thank the police for everything they have done since Ed first went missing and everyone else who helped in the search for him. I would also like to thank people for their thoughts and prayers and the support of all Edward's friends."

Police hope to identify body

Edward Gillespie Credit: Essex Police

Its hoped a body found near where a man went missing after a Christmas Party in Essex will be formally identified today.

38-year-old Edward Gillespie from Luton disappeared after the party at the Roydon Marina Hotel near Harlow on December 21st.

The body was found in the marina by a member of the public on Saturday.

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Body found in search for missing man

Edward Gillespie Credit: Essex Police

Police searching for a Luton man missing since a Christmas party in Essex have found a body. Thirty eight year old Edward Gillespie disappeared after attending an event at the Royden Marina Hotel near Harlow on December 22nd.

Yesterday a member of the public alerted officers about a body in the nearby marina. It has been taken to a hospital but so far there has been no formal identification. However the police say they have suspended the search for Mr Gillespie.