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Alahna Kindred

Body pulled from river confirmed as missing teen after last seen entering water on CCTV

Police have confirmed the body found yesterday was that of a missing schoolboy.

Oliwier Kaczmarowska, 15, was last seen on CCTV entering the River Trent near a bridge in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, at 9.20pm on Monday.

A massive three-day search was launched with drones and underwater search teams scouring the river looking for the boy.

Members of the public also launched their own searches in hopes of finding the boy.

Yesterday, Lincolnshire Police confirmed they found a body about 300 metres from where he missing.

Police have today confirmed the body belongs to Oliwier.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is now being prepared for the coroner.

Search teams were deployed to the RIver Trent (ITV News Border)

Tributes have been laid in the local area, with police asking these are placed on the grassy area next to the Trent Port pub.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: "We are saddened to confirm that following formal identification, the body found in the River Trent yesterday afternoon (May 26) was 15-year-old Oliwier Kaczmarowska.

"His death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is now being prepared for HM Coroner. Tributes have been laid in the local area, and we ask that they are placed on the grassy area next to the Trent Port pub.

"Our thoughts are with Oliwier’s family at this incredibly difficult time. They are being supported by specialist officers and we ask that their privacy is respected. We also ask that people do not speculate about how or why Oliwier died."

On Thursday, police confirmed they believed Oliwier had entered the water after retrieving CCTV of him near the riverbank.

Superintendent Phil Baker said previously: “The last three days has seen a significant round-the-clock effort to find Oliwier.

"This has included searching abandoned buildings along the River Trent where he was last seen, searching footpaths, undergrowth, and local farmer’s fields, as well as speaking with friends, family, and his school, and reviewing CCTV footage and social media accounts.

“Having carefully pieced together Oliwier’s movements since he was last seen on Monday evening, we are now in the sad position to say that we believe he has entered the water.

"We have come to this belief after viewing CCTV footage which shows someone entering the water near the riverbank at The Flood Road bridge in Gainsborough at around 9.20pm on Monday.

"This is around the same location and time we had a last confirmed sighting of Oliwier.

"Because of this, we are now treating this as a recovery operation, and focusing our efforts in the water and along the water’s edge."

Supt Baker also thanked the local community who had been walking the river banks and locations around the River Trent as well as printing out posters of the teenager.

He added: "We would like to recognise the enormous support shown by the local community, which has included sharing information and local searches."

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