Family confirm body in river is missing Ben

Police searching for missing York man, Ben Clarkson, have found a body in the river near where he disappeared.

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Police confirm body found in river is missing Ben


North Yorkshire Police say the body found in the River Foss in York on Friday has been formally identified as that of missing man Ben Clarkson.

Ben was reported missing on Sunday 2 March after failing to return home from a night out in the city centre.

"Specially trained officers from North Yorkshire Police continue to support his family at this extremely difficult time."

– North Yorkshire Police

Floral tributes for Ben Clarkson

Flowers left for Ben in York near where his body was found. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Flowers have been left in York for Ben Clarkson near to the spot where his body was found.

There had been no trace of Ben Clarkson, 22, since he was last seen leaving a nightclub in the city in the early hours of March 2.

Yesterday Friday March 21st 2014, police divers recovered the body of a man in the River Foss close to where Ben was last seen on CCTV. Police have not formally released the identity of the body, though Ben's girlfriend Rachel Peatfield, confirmed it was Ben.

Ben Clarkson 'touched the hearts of everyone'

The girlfriend of a man whose body was found in a river in York has said that he was a "wonderful character".

There had been no trace of Ben Clarkson, 22, since he was last seen leaving a nightclub in the city in the early hours of March 2. Rachel Peatfield said:

On behalf of myself and Ben's family we would like that thank the public and media for their on going support in our search for Ben. Unfortunately, this has come to a tragic end which we all are struggling to deal with so we would appreciate some privacy and respect at this difficult time.

Ben was a wonderful character who was so kind and gentle and brought joy to many people's lives and touched the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. I am truly heartbroken that I have lost the love of my life and I will treasure the fond memories we have made over the past 11 years dearly.

Ben was an amazing partner, son, grandson, brother and uncle and no one will ever replace him. Thank you.

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Family confirm body found in river is of missing man

The family of a shop worker from York have confirmed that his body has been found in a river in the city, almost three weeks after he disappeared on a night out.

There had been no trace of Ben Clarkson, 22, since he was last seen leaving a nightclub in the city in the early hours of March 2.

This afternoon, police divers recovered the body of man in the River Foss close to where Ben was last seen on CCTV. North Yorkshire Police have not formally released the identity of the body, but tonight, Ben's girlfriend, Rachel Peatfield, confirmed to ITV News that it was Ben.

Read: Man's body found in York river

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Police appeal for potential witness in search for Ben Clarkson

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Police searching missing Ben Clarkson have thanked one man for coming forward, but still need to trace another potential witness.

The 18-year-old from York confirmed he spoke with Ben and saw him outside a club at 3am. He confirmed he is not the man seen walking along Layerthorpe at the same time as Ben.

Ben, 22, has not been seen since March 2.

The person officers are asking to come forward is a white man, wearing a light coloured jacket with dark trousers and shoes.

He walked along Stonebow, towards the Foss Islands Road junction, on the opposite side of the road to Ben. A short time later, he took the same route as Ben when they walk past National Windscreens, Layerthorpe.

Police trace man in CCTV appeal for missing Ben

Police searching for missing York man, Ben Clarkson, have traced one of the men they were looking to speak to in their enquiries.

Ben has been missing since Sunday March 2

The 18-year-old York man came forward after his image was released on Monday. He confirmed that he spoke with Ben in Fibbers and saw him outside the club at around 3am. He also confirmed that he is not the man who was seen walking along Layerthorpe at the same time as Ben.

Police are still looking for a man wearing a light coloured jacket with dark trousers and shoes who walked along Stonebow, towards the Foss Islands Road junction, on the opposite side of the road to Ben.

Ben has not been seen since Sunday 2 March.

Click here to see Ben's girlfriend appealing for information on his whearabouts

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