THE BODY of a man found in a river has been identified by police.

The discovery was made in the River Wear, near Witton-le-Wear, County Durham.

"Police can confirm that a body found in the River Wear, near Witton-le-Wear, is that of 70-year-old, Timothy Stephenson from Bishop Auckland," said a spokesperson for Durham Police on Monday afternoon.

"The body was found by a member of the public at around 12.40pm yesterday (March 24).

"Police are satisfied the death is not suspicious and will be preparing a file for the coroner."

On Sunday, police said they would like to hear from anyone who may have seen a man walking along the riverbank in the Witton-le-Wear area from around noon.

Call Durham Constabulary on 101 with any information, quoting incident number 210 of March 24.