Body thought to be missing pensioner

A BODY discovered in a lake is believed to be that of a Suffolk pensioner who disappeared after going to pick mushrooms.Ivan Wolton, 75, of Purdis Avenue, Purdis Farm, Ipswich, went missing on Sunday while mushroom picking at the heath near Trinity Park - formerly the Suffolk Showground.

A BODY discovered in a lake is believed to be that of a Suffolk pensioner who disappeared after going to pick mushrooms.

Ivan Wolton, 75, of Purdis Avenue, Purdis Farm, Ipswich, went missing on Sunday while mushroom picking at the heath near Trinity Park - formerly the Suffolk Showground.

At 9.30am yesterday a member of the public contacted police to report finding a body in the water at Kirton Hall Lakes, Kirton Road, Bucklesham, near Felixstowe.

Officers and the ambulance service attended the scene shortly after and recovered the body from the water.


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It is thought to be that of an older man and, although formal identification is yet to be carried out, a spokeswoman for Suffolk police said it is believed to be Mr Wolton.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and an inquest will be held in due course.

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Earlier this week officers said they were “gravely” concerned for the welfare of Mr Wolton and scrambled a force helicopter in an effort to find him.

Checks with family and at places of interest also failed to locate him.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said: “Police received a call from a member of the public at 9.30am reporting a body in the water (at Kirton Hall Lakes) - and that it appeared to be an older man.

“Although formal identification has yet to be carried out the body is believed to be that of missing 75-year-old man Ivan Wolton, who went missing from his home in Purdis Farm on Sunday September 17.”

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