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Body found in the search for Josh Clayton

Josh Clayton Credit: Family

A body has been recovered this evening by St Mary's Lifeboat from the sea to the North of Tresco on the Isles of Scilly.

Police have made this statement tonight:

"No formal identification has been made at this time however the family of missing person Josh Clayton have been informed of the developments and enquiries continue".

23-year-old Josh Clayton, who's from Taunton, went missing on Tresco on Sunday 13 September.


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Search abandoned for missing Josh

Josh Clayton has not been seen since Sunday 13 September Credit: Family

The search for a missing 23-year-old man on the Isles of Scilly has been called off after teams failed to find any sign of him.

Josh Clayton from Taunton went missing on Tresco in the early hours of Sunday 13 September.

Police carrying out a detailed search for Josh Clayton Credit: Isles of Scilly Police

The Cornwall Rescue Group were called in to help officers look for him, the Coastguard have searched the coastline and the police dive team have carried out inland water searches.

Despite this, Josh has not been found.

The Isles of Scilly policing team will now return to St Mary’s where they are based.

We have done everything possible to locate Josh with the resources available.

“We are as certain as we can be that he is not in the areas where we have searched.

“Search teams have searched all of the areas where he is most likely to have been but have not been able to locate him.”

– Chief Inspector Mark Bolt, Devon and Cornwall Police
Cornwall Search & Rescue Team looking in undergrowth on Tresco Credit: ITV News

Josh’s family have been informed that the search has ended.

Search continues for 8th day for Josh Clayton

Police continue to search for Josh Clayton Credit: Isles of Scilly/Facebook

Police searching for Josh Clayton from Taunton who has been missing for a week say they have still not found him.

The 23 year old was last seen on the Isles of Scilly early last Sunday morning.

Sniffer dogs and helicopters have had to be brought in to search the difficult terrain.

And police have thanked the local community for their help in the search:

The search for Josh is in its eighth day. I am saddened to report that despite considerable effort we have not yet found him. He went missing in the early hours of Sunday 13th September. The search for him continues both on land and in the water.

The Cornwall Rescue Group and other local volunteers continue to comb the island. Devon and Cornwall Police Divers have now entered the few expanses of inland fresh water and surrounds along with some coastal diving. People from Scilly and further afield have been very helpful with their encyclopaedic knowledge of the island and its nooks and crannies to help inform the search. It really is a marvellous community that has pulled out all the stops for this young man.


Search for missing Josh stepped up with helicopters, dogs

Josh Clayton has been missing since Sunday. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Sniffer dogs and helicopters have been brought in to look for a Taunton man who has gone missing on the Isles of Scilly.

23-year-old Josh Clayton was last seen on Tresco early on Sunday morning. Specialist officers are now using thermal imaging equipment to help search the difficult terrain. Police say they're focusing on a two-square-mile area of the island.


Police divers likely to join search for missing Josh

23-year-old Josh Clayton has been missing since Sunday. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police divers are likely to join the search for a 23-year old-man from Taunton who went missing four days ago.

Josh Clayton was last seen early on Sunday morning, while out with friends on the Isles of Scilly, and was reported missing after failing to turn up to work. Specialist search teams still don't know what may have happened.

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Teams from Cornwall join search for missing Josh

Josh Clayton went missing on Sunday.

The search for missing Josh Clayton on the Isles of Scilly continues today.

The 23-year-old was last seen in the early hours of Sunday morning while out with friends. Mr Clayton has worked for the Tresco Estate for several seasons. Police say that for now their enquiries haven't led them to extend the search further afield than on or around Tresco.

Police helicopter ferrying search teams on Tresco. Credit: ITV West Country

Specialists from the Cornwall Search and Rescue team have been brought in to help with the search.

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