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Nottingham Post
Nottingham Post
Peter Hennessy

Police recover body in search for missing boy last seen near River Trent

Police say they have recovered a body in the search for a missing 15-year-old boy last seen near the River Trent. Lincolnshire Police announced the tragic news on Friday afternoon, May 26.

Oliwier was first reported missing on Monday evening [May 22] with police stating he was last seen near the Flood Road bridge in Gainsborough. A few days later, a body was found around 300m from the bridge.

Police remain at the scene and say they have begun the "difficult process" of removing the body - no formal identification has yet been carried out. There had been huge support from the local community, which included search parties organised by local residents, who had been walking along the footpaths on the river banks.

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A specialist underwater search team had also been carrying out work at the scene.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: "You will be aware that we have had a significant search effort around the River Trent in Gainsborough as we try to locate Oliwier.

"Today [May 26], that has included a specially-trained underwater search team and officers searching the banks. We are saddened to report that this afternoon, we have recovered a body around 300m from the Flood Road bridge.

"Officers remain on scene as we start the difficult process of removing the body, and we ask that people do not share images or posts from the location.

"No formal identification has yet been carried out, so we are unable to confirm that it is Oliwier at this time. Procedures to identify the body are ongoing. Oliwier’s family have been informed of developments and our thoughts are with them at this most difficult of times. We ask that their privacy is respected.

"We are currently treating the death as unexplained, and we are liaising with the Coroner."

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