It was the news everyone who was searching for Josh Clayton dreaded to hear.
Last night the crew from St Mary's Lifeboat recovered the body of a man from rocks in the sea off Tresco. The body had been spotted by a French yachtsman on the uninhabited island of Tean.
It was close to where the 23-year-old from Taunton was last seen and while there won't be any identification of the body for some days to come, his friends and family are mourning.
Josh Clayton had worked on the Tresco estate for a number of seasons and it was after a night out with colleagues, on Sunday 13 September, that he went missing, prompting extensive searches.
Josh's family had travelled to the island for the investigation but have now returned home. Police say they will make sure they are updated.
We spoke to Sgt Colin Taylor from Devon & Cornwall Police on the Isles of Scilly earlier today and he told us what would be happening to the body they had recovered.
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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.
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.
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.”
Josh’s family have been informed that the search has ended.
Police searching for 23 year old Josh Clayton, who has been missing on the Isles of Scilly for a week say they have still not found him.
The 23 year old from Taunton was last seen on Tresco 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.
Sniffer dogs and helicopters have been brought in to look for a man who has gone missing on the Isles of Scilly.
23-year-old Josh Clayton, who's from Taunton, 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 on the island.
Specialist search teams are back out on Tresco this morning as the hunt for missing Josh Clayton continues.
“We remain focussed on our task and our reasons for it. The terrain we are searching is complex.
“Whilst we are on an island one mile by two miles there is a huge amount of dense ground cover with thickets of gorse, brambles and rhododendrons as well as woodland and undulating coastline. The thorough searching is painstaking and exhausting for those involved.
“As one who’s task is not the actual searching I am in awe of those who, all day, penetrate their way inch by inch through thickets of thorns looking for Josh or his personal effects. It is meticulous and focussed.
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Police divers are likely to join the search for a 23-year old-man who went missing four days ago on the Isles of Scilly.
Josh Clayton from Taunton was last seen early on Sunday morning, while out with friends, and was reported missing after failing to turn up to work. Specialist search teams still don't know what may have happened.
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.
Specialists from the Cornwall Search and Rescue team have been brought in to help with the search.
The search is continuing for a 23-year-old man who's gone missing on the Isles of Scilly.
Josh Clayton from Tresco was last seen in the early hours of Sunday morning while out with friends. He was reported missing after failing to turn up to work. Coastguard and local volunteers have joined in the search.
No new news on missing Josh today. Our efforts resume at first light with dogs & search teams. http://t.co/G1u6mQBH5K