A man whose body was found in a canal in Old Trafford after it became tangled in the propeller of a boat has been named as Ian Nally.
Mr Nally, who had been missing for almost five weeks, was found dead in the Bridgewater Canal, off Trafford Wharf Road, on Friday.
His body was found caught in the propeller of a water taxi at around 9.20am.
When the vessel’s engine cut out, the skipper pulled it out of the water and saw Mr Nally’s body.
Police have not yet revealed how he died, but detectives say the circumstances are not believed to be suspicious. A file has been passed to the coroner.
Mr Nally, 52, from Stretford, was last seen at White City Retail Park - just a couple of hundred yards away from where he was found dead - on Saturday, January 7.
Police appealed for the public’s help to find him, giving a detailed description of what he was wearing the last time he was seen and releasing a picture.
Dozens of police vehicles and ambulances were seen beside Victoria Warehouse and on surrounding roads on Friday morning, February 10, a stone’s throw from Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground.
Walkways leading down to the canal from the street were cordoned off as detectives began their investigation.
Police divers were at the scene as Mr Nally’s body was recovered.A forensics tent was erected on the towpath beside the water taxi, known as a ‘Waxi’.
The boat is run by Manchester Water Taxis, which began ferrying people along the canals of Trafford and Manchester last year.
The service was suspended into the afternoon as police carried out their investigations.
The boat was released by around 1pm and water taxi journeys resumed.The skipper who found Mr Nally is being supported by colleagues and police.