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Police searching for missing Jack Morrad find body in lake

Jack Morrad, 28, went missing after a night out in Basildon two days before Christmas.

Police hunting for a man who went missing in Basildon after a night out before Christmas have found a body in a lake they were searching.

Jack Morrad, 28, has been missing since the night before Christmas Eve.

There had been a huge police search which included draining the lake in Gloucester Park.

Police say the body has not yet been formally identified but Jack's family had been informed.

  • Click to watch a report from the scene by ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer

"Officers searching the fishing lake in Gloucester Park, Basildon, as part of the investigation to find Jack Morrad have suspended their search following the discovery of a man’s body.

"The discovery was made shortly before 11.30am today, January 3.

"The body is yet to be identified, but Mr Morrad’s family have been informed that the search has been suspended.

"Formal identification will take place in due course."

– Essex Police statement
The police cordon around the lake in Gloucester Park has been extended following the discovery of a body. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Jack was last seen in Broadhurst Place at around 2.30am on Sunday 23 December.

On New Year's Eve, Essex Police released CCTV footage of Jack, taken at a similar time on Blake Avenue, in an appeal for further information about his movements that morning.

Jack Morrad, 28, has been missing since the night before Christmas Eve.

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