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The family of missing Daniel Moir has made the following statement after his body was found in the River Wear.
– Daniel's family
"We want to thank our family, friends and neighbours for their love and support. We also wish to thank Northumbria Police for their commitment and efforts in trying to find Daniel and the help and support of police officers. Please respect our privacy now as we deal with our loss."
Police have confirmed that the body found in the River Wear is that of missing 23-year-old Daniel Moir from Washington.
Police have taken to the streets of Washington to ask people if they have any information regarding Daniel Moir.
His parents have appealed for him to make contact, after he went missing on Tuesday last week.
Police are continuing to appeal for help in locating a missing Washington man, a week after he disappeared.
Daniel Moir, 23, from the Fatfield area of Washington, was last seen at 8.30pm on Tuesday, October 22, when he left his home to go for a walk.
He did not return and his family and police are concerned for him.
Officers have been searching in Washington for the past week and are going to the Fatfield area on Tuesday evening to hand out flyers and appeal for information.
A family statement says: " Daniel you are not in trouble with anyone. Nothing that has happened is a problem. Please come home or ask for help. All of your family and friends miss you and want you home, especially Oscar our dog.
"Please pick up the phone and ring home, friends, or the police and let them know you are safe."
Daniel is around 5ft 5ins tall and of medium build. He has medium length brown hair.
When Daniel left he was wearing a black hooded top with a bright green 'Monster' logo on it, dark jeans, a black Tshirt with rubik's cubes on it and black skater trainers with bright green laces. Anyone who has any information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101.
Police in Washington are to hand out leaflets asking members of the public for help in finding missing Daniel Moir.
The 23-year-old was last seen in the Fatfield area a week ago.
His family say it is not like Daniel to go missing like this that they are becoming increasingly worried about him.
Concern is growing for a Washington man who has not been missing since Tuesday.
23-year-old Daniel Moir, from the Fatfield area, was last seen at 8.30 pm when he left home to go for a walk.
His family say it is not like Daniel to go missing.
A national campaign will be launched next year to warn young people about the dangers of swimming in open water.
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It comes after Tonibeth Purvis and Chloe Fowler drowned in the River Wear in June.
A coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death at an inquest for 2 teenage girls who drowned in the River Wear.
14-year-old Chloe Fowler was playing in the water near Washington when she got into difficulties.
Her 15-year-old friend Tonibeth Purvis tried to save her.
Jonny Blair reports.
Sunderland Area Command Superintendent Alan Veitch said: "What happened on Tuesday, July 23, was a tragic accident and our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Chloe Fowler and Toni-Beth Purvis.
"The loss of any life is horrendous but the tragic deaths of these two young girls was particularly devastating for everyone involved.
"The circumstances emergency services faced at the scene that evening were extremely dangerous and challenging, with that particular section of the River Wear being fast flowing and filled with hidden hazards.
"Those who helped in the search for the two girls did everything they could to try and save them and I'd like to thank everyone who assisted in the search operation for their brave efforts.
"The role of an emergency service worker - be it police, fire or ambulance - is filled with difficult situations and challenges however the loss of a young person's life is, and will always be, particularly distressing."