POLICE have confirmed that the body which was found today (Tuesday) in Lake Windermere is that of missing Middlesbrough man Matthew Jordan.

The body of the 20-year-old from Nunthorpe was found by the Cumbria Police Marine Unit in Lake Windermere at around 10.20am.

The death is not treating his death as suspicious.

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Mr Jordan's family is being supported by officers.

Detective Inspector Furzana Nazir said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family at this tragic time.

“The response in helping to search for Matthew was tremendous. We cannot thank everyone, from family, friends to members of the public, the local community, and partner agencies, enough for their help and assistance.

“We continue to support the family at this very difficult time.”

The lake has been searched by divers and boat patrols in recent weeks following Mr Jordan's disappearance on March 27.

Mr Jordan was visiting the Bowness area with three friends and was last seen in the early hours following a night out.

The Teesside University student became separated from his three friends.

The criminology student had money on him but his phone was flat. He asked one pub to use a phone charger and for a taxi to be ordered.

Later he asked another business for a room for the night, but without success.

At an appeal organised by Cumbria Police on Wednesday, April 2, his mother, Claire, said: “Matthew is our world. We love you Matthew. We will find you and we will never give up looking for you.”

Kate Kell, vice principal at Nunthorpe Academy, where Matthew was a pupil, said: "Following the tragic news, our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with Matthew's family and friends at this extremely sad time.

"Throughout his studies at Nunthorpe Academy and Sixth Form, Matthew was a very popular student and made a positive contribution to the school and wider community.

"He used his many skills to achieve his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award, Junior Sports Leadership award and organised the Sixth Form football team.  

"Matthew was a sensitive and caring student who was very enthusiastic about his studies.

"He had a long held ambition to become a member of the police force after completing his degree in criminology and made every effort to reach his goal.

"He will be sadly missed by all who knew him at Nunthorpe Academy and Sixth Form."