Ipswich: Tragic 22-year-old had drowned, tests reveal

A SUFFOLK man whose body was found in the River Orwell had drowned, a provisional post mortem examination has revealed.

The body of David Lee Dryden, 22, was discovered in the river near Stoke Bridge, Ipswich, on Saturday morning.

The circumstances of the tragedy are still yet to be determined but an inquest has been opened and adjourned to resume in due course.

At the time he was discovered, David was on the county’s missing person’s list.

David, of Ranelagh Road, Ipswich, was described as a “lovely, courteous guy” by a family member, who said his parents had been left devastated by his death.


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The former Holbrook Primary School and the Royal Hospital School student’s mobile phone had been found on the towpath close to the skatepark by a member of the public who contacted his family.

On Saturday night, friends organised a party celebrating his memory in Rendlesham, where dozens gathered to share stories and pay tribute.

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