Body found in Blackhall formally identified as missing Durham teacher Mark Bushnell

Family man Mark Bushnell was a father of three.
Mark Bushnell's body was formally identified earlier today.
There have been extensive searches for the missing teacher since he left the family home on Sunday 9 March.

Police officially identified a body found in Blackhall near Peterlee on Saturday 22 March as the missing Durham teacher Mark Bushnell.

He was deputy headteacher at Durham School in the city. He left the family home on Sunday 9 March to look for a laundrette.

Since then, there have been extensive searches of the Blackhall Rocks area led by Durham Police officers but with dozens of search and rescue volunteers in support.

The Coastguard and the British Transport Police were also called on to assist the search.

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Inquest records open verdict after death of Durham School teacher

The Inquest into the death of Durham School teacher Mark Bushnell has recorded an open verdict.