Body found near River Stour believed to be missing Sudbury man

Samuel Gillett, from Sudbury, has not been seen since last month

The body of what is believed to be Samuel Gillett has been discovered in Sudbury - Credit: Suffolk police

The body of a 48-year-old man has been found in Sudbury, police have confirmed. 

The discovery was made at about 11am today, Wednesday, April 13, near the River Stour off Ballingdon Street. 

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said: "Formal identification procedures are yet to take place, but the deceased is believed to be Samuel Gillett who was last seen on Sunday, March 27.

A number of emergency services have been called to the meadows in Sudbury

A number of emergency services have been called to the meadows in Sudbury - Credit: Contributed

"Extensive searches had been taking place since he was reported missing. His next of kin have been informed of the discovery.

"A police scene is currently in place as officers carry out enquiries.

"The death is being treated as unexplained at this time, but police do not currently believe there are any suspicious circumstances.

"A file will be prepared for the coroner in due course."

A local resident who asked not to be named said: "Police cordoned off the meadow and a boat and divers came in.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue were also called to the incident 

Suffolk Fire and Rescue were also called to the incident - Credit: Archant

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“They searched the river near the footbridge but were not there very long."

A police cordon was initially put in place while emergency services carried out their investigations. 

The cordon had been lifted by 3pm. 

A number of fire engines, including a Unimog water rescue vehicle, were also called to the incident near the Meadows in Sudbury.  

Suffolk police originally sent out an appeal to help find Mr Gillett, who was last seen in Sudbury, on Sunday, April 3. 

A renewed appeal was later sent out by police on Friday, April 8. 

Emergency services were called to the meadows in Sudbury this afternoon

Emergency services were called to the meadows in Sudbury this afternoon - Credit: Archant