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The Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment has issued a statement following confirmation that missing soldier Josh Thomas has been found dead.
The 18-year-old's body was discovered in the River Medway on Monday. He had been reported missing after a night out in Rochester on April 9.
The regiment said it was devastated at the loss of a bright, young soldier.
"The thoughts of everyone at Chatham Station go out to his family and friends," the statement continued.
The body was found in the River Medway at 12.44pm on Monday. Officers say they are not treating the death as suspicious and a report has been prepared for the coroner.
Josh Thomas, who was 18, was based at Brompton Barracks in Chatham had been reported missing on Wednesday 10 April after having been out with friends the night before.
Police have confirmed that the body found in the River Medway yesterday is that of missing soldier Josh Thomas.
Police investigating the disappearance of a teenage soldier in Kent have retrieved a body from the River Medway. 18-year-old Josh Thomas was last seen in Rochester after a night out celebrating his exams. David Johns reports.
Police have found a body in the River Medway. The discovery was made just before 1pm. Thames Coastguard alerted the emergency services after reports of a person in the river near Rochester Pier on The Esplanade.