Heartbreak after death of elderly missing man who walked 27 miles from home

George Fewtrell
-Credit: (Image: North Wales Police)

Heartbreaking tributes have been paid to a missing 85-year-old man after his body.

George, 85, from Neston in Wirral, went missing last Tuesday, June 25 from the Bridge Court area of Neston. He reportedly set off on foot towards Flintshire. He is known to have walked 27 miles to Holywell, where he was last captured on CCTV on Greenfield Street at the junction with New Road at 12.42am on Wednesday, June 26.

North Wales Police today confirmed that its officers had "sadly discovered a body this afternoon". Superintendent Jon Bowcott of North Wales Police said: “Formal identification is yet to take place, but George’s family have been informed and are being supported by officers.”

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“This is not the outcome any of us had hoped for, including the dedicated team of officers searching for him. I would like to thank the public for their support and clear, genuine concern for George during the search, which has been vital and helped us progress the investigation.

“Most importantly, all of our thoughts remain with George’s family at this incredibly sad and difficult time, and I would ask that their privacy is respected.”

Following the sad discovery of George's body ECHO readers shared their heartbreak as they were "hoping he would be found safe and well."

Lisa Willo wrote: "So very sad was hoping he was found safe and well, big hugs to all the family." Julie Brandham wrote: "Sending love and strength and prayers to family and friends of George. May he rest in peace."

Christine Leigh paid her condolences and wrote: "How sad. The poor man. I hope you rest in peace George. Thoughts are with your family."

Colin Bairnson added: "Sad news indeed, condolences to family and loved ones. RIP George." While Andrea Naughalty wrote: "Heartbreaking RIP George. Thinking of family and friends."

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