Police trace family of Clacton man whose body was discovered in the English Channel following appeal

Suffolk police are searching for a missing man from Hessett (stock image). Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Suffolk police are searching for a missing man from Hessett (stock image). Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Police have located the family of a man from Clacton who was found dead in the English Channel following a public appeal for information.

Officers from Kent Police were called to the discovery of a body on Sunday, August 13, around seven miles off the Kent coast near Dover.

The man was identified as 42-year-old Daniel Mark Beggs, who was believed to have been born in Clacton.

A police appeal was issued asking for information to help track down his next of kin.

A spokeswoman for Kent Police confirmed today that Mr Begg’s family has now been traced and thanked the public for their help with the appeal.

She said: “We are no longer appealing for information in order to locate the family of the man discovered in the English Channel on Sunday, August 13.

“We would like to thank you for your assistance in sharing our appeal and inform you that, as a result of this, the next of kin has now been located.”

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An inquest into Mr Begg’s death opened and adjourned on Wednesday, August 23.

Investigating Officer, Detective Sergeant Stuart Ward, said police were not treating it as suspicious.

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