Body found in search for missing Peterborough man

Joseph Leydon. Photo supplied

Joseph Leydon. Photo supplied

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A two week search for missing 84-year-old Peterborough pensioner Joseph Leydon ended in tragedy after a body was found in the River Nene.

Mr Leydon went missing from his home in Queen’s Gardens, Peterborough, on 17 December, sparking a frantic search across the city for the 84-year-old.

But sadly the search was in vain as Mr Leydon’s body was found in the River Nene in Peterborough on 29 December.

Officers had been searching throughout Park Ward in Peterborough, near where to Mr Leydon had lived and along the banks of the River Nene in an attempt to find him as the cold weather arrived in the city over the Christmas period.

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said a passer-by had made the grim discovery at about 1.35pm.

He said the passer-by had been walking along the river bank near the Grain Barge restaurant next to Town Bridge in the city centre when the person spotted a body in the river.

Mr Leydon’s family have been informed about the discovery.

The police spokesman said Mr Leydon’s death was not being treated as suspicious, and the case was being passed to the coroner.

The spokesman thanked everyone who had helped in the search to find Mr Leydon.