Body found in river identified as missing Cardiff man

A body found in the River Taff in Cardiff has been confirmed as that of missing 26-year-old Ashley Wells, from Gabalfa.

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Body found in Cardiff river identified as Ashley Wells

Police working to identify a body found in the River Taff in Cardiff have confirmed it is that of missing man Ashley Wells Credit: South Wales Police

A body found in a Cardiff river has been confirmed as that of missing man Ashley Wells.

The 26-year-old, from Gabalfa, had not been seen since leaving his home on the evening of Sunday 5th January.

Police searching for him discovered a body in the River Taff, near Hailey Park, on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for South Wales Police said: "Formal identification was carried out this afternoon. There are no suspicious circumstances and an inquest will be held in due course."

Body discovered in Cardiff in search for missing man

Police searching for missing Cardiff man Ashley Wells say they have found a body in the River Taff, near Hailey Park.

The body has not been formally identified, but South Wales Police said Mr Wells' family members are being kept updated following the discovery.

South Wales Police can confirm that a body has this afternoon been found in the River Taff, near Hailey Park, Cardiff.

Officers were called to the area just after 2pm. Formal identification has not taken place.

The family of missing man Ashley Wells, aged 26, from Gabalfa, Cardiff, are being kept updated by family liaison officers.

– South Wales Police statement

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'Increasing worry' for missing Cardiff man Ashley Wells

Ashley Wells, from Gabalfa in Cardiff, has now been missing for over a week Credit: Gwent Police

Police say they are 'increasingly worried' for 26-year-old Cardiff man Ashley Wells, who has been missing for over a week.

Mr Wells was last seen leaving his home address in Gabalfa at 8.45pm on Sunday 5 January.

Specialist teams have carried out searches of the River Taff, the Taff Trail and wooded areas in Gabalfa and Llandaff, as well as checking nearby CCTV footage.

Detective Inspector Julian Bull, from South Wales Police, said: “We are getting increasingly worried about Ashley, who has left home without his wallet and mobile phone, and we are doing all we can to hopefully find him safe and well.

“We would urge anyone who may have seen Ashley since last Sunday or has any information which may be relevant is contact us.”

At the time of his disappearance Ashley was wearing very dark jeans, khaki brown canvas shoes and a khaki green coat from Next, described as oversized with a fur hood.

Ashley is known to visit West Wales, particularly Newport in Pembrokeshire, and also has contacts in Gwent, including Ystrad Mynach.

Appeal for missing Cardiff man Ashley Wells

Ashley Wells hasn't been seen since Sunday 5th January. Credit: South Wales Police

South Wales Police is appealing for information about the whereabouts of a 26-year-old man who has been reported missing.

Ashley Wells has not been seen since he left his home address in the Gabalfa area of Cardiff at 8.45pm on Sunday 5th January.

At the time he was wearing dark 'Criminal Damage' make of jeans, khaki brown canvass shoes and a khaki green coat, which has been described as very big, oversized and bulky, with a big hood and fur around the edge.

Police have checked CCTV footage from cameras near his home but it is not known which direction he traveled in.

They are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen him since that evening.

Ashley is known to visit West Wales, particularly Newport, and has contacts in the Gwent area.

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