South Yorkshire Police have said they believe the body of a child found at a construction site in Barnsley is that of missing Conley Thompson.
The seven-year-old was last seen at a park in the town yesterday evening where he had gone to play with his friends.
Officers searching throughout the night for the missing schoolboy confirmed that a body was found around 8.30am this morning at Bank End Road in Worsbrough.
Conley's family have been informed and they are being supported by specialist officers.
We deployed our full resources with officers searching throughout the night to find Conley and we are deeply saddened by this tragic development.
While it is early in the investigation, the death is being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem will take place in due course.
Our thoughts remain with Conley’s family and friends at this very difficult time.
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