Police have found a body in the search for a man who disappeared almost four months ago. 

Officers from North Yorkshire Police confirmed on Monday (December 18) that they had located the body of Whitby man Christopher Roberts during a search of a 'remote location' on Sunday (December 17). 

An appeal was initially sent out by police in September after he was discharged from Scarborough Hospital on August 29 this year and left the hospital in trousers and a hospital gown.

The Northern Echo:  Christopher Roberts Christopher Roberts (Image: NORTH YORKSHIRE POLICE)

On Monday, the police force issued the update, sending condolences to Mr Roberts' family at this time. 

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: "A sad update about a missing person investigation

"Officers searching for missing Whitby man Christopher Roberts have located a body.

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The Northern Echo:

"We were called to a remote location in Harwood Dale by a member of the public on Sunday afternoon.

"There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.

"Although he has not been formally identified, Christopher's family have been informed. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

"Thank you to everyone who supported our appeal to find him."