Man's body found in Fenland river NOT that of missing man

PUBLISHED: 08:47 28 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 28 June 2010

POLICE have been forced to apologise after it emerged a body found in a Fenland river is not that of a man who went missing seven weeks ago.

A man’s body was found by a member of the public in the river near to the Foxhound pub in Ramsey Road, Whittlesey, on 2.30pm Saturday. Spartan Rescue were called and recovered the body.

This morning, police said in a statement that the man had been identified as 83-year-old Reginald Howse, a grandfather from Ramsey, who went missing from his home on May 9.

However, new information this morning has revealed that the body is not that of Mr Howes - it is believed to be a 73-year-old man from Whittlesey who hadn’t been seen since the previous day.

A police spokesman said: “Following new information and further enquiries we have this morning (Monday June 28) discovered that the man’s body found in Whittlesey on Saturday (June 26) was not that of Reginald Howse.

“Reginald, who has been missing since May, was last seen in Whittlesey.

“The body of an elderly man was discovered in Whittlesey on Saturday afternoon and matched the description on missing Reginald. At this time no other people, matching this description, had been reported missing.

“Reginald’s family were made aware of the discovery. However, at 11.20pm last night a 73-year-old man was reported missing from the Whittlesey area, who hadn¿t been seen since the previous day.

“Police now believe the identify of the body to be that of the 73-year-old man and not missing Reginald.

“As soon as this information came to light officers visited Mr Howse family to explain situation and apologise for any distress that has been caused to them.

“Mr Howse remains missing and we continue to appeal for any information about his whereabouts.”

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