Body found in search for missing man in York

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A  large-scale search for an 84-year-old man has been called off following the discovery of a body.

John Symington, from Dundee, Scotland, was reported missing at 5.24pm on Wednesday (3 June) after getting off a coach at the Breezy Knees Nurseries in Warthill – a village on the outskirts of York near Stockton-on-the-Forest – at 3.45pm the same day.

Police search officers, supported by search and rescue team members and a police helicopter, have been scouring the area in the effort to locate Mr Symington.

A body of a man was located in a wooded area about 400 metres from Breezy Knees Nurseries at around 1pm today (Thursday 4 June

Mr Symington’s family have been informed about the sad discovery, although formal identification has yet to take place.

Police have confirmed there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death which has been reported to the coroner.

Police have thanked local residents and the media their support during the search.

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