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Police searching for a missing Peterlee man have recovered a body
1:33pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
POLICE searching for a man missing from his home for almost two months have found a body.
Officers and volunteer wardens who have been looking for Robert Sanderson since July 5 found a body in Castle Eden Dene, near Peterlee, on Friday afternoon.
A search team made the grim discovery while combing an areas of secluded woodland around three-quarters of a mile from the former Castle Eden brewery.
Formal identification of the deceased has not yet been carried out but it is believed to be Mr Sanderson, and his family have been informed of the discovery.
The 57-year-old was last seen when he left his home in Witton Garth in Peterlee. His sister reported he had gone out around 6am to go for a walk and had not returned.
Members of Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team joined the search for the missing man, which concentrated on the three-mile Castle Eden Dene, a steep-sided valley covered with dense undergrowth.
Police say there are no suspicious circumstances and an inquest into the death is expected to open sometime later this week.
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