After a massive search for a 14-year-old schoolboy who went missing at sea, the body of a “young guy” was discovered.
In the search for a 14-year-old boy who went missing at sea, a body has been discovered.
Matthew Sherrington had been missing since last week near Hartlepool, County Durham, and police had been looking for him. Officers were assisted by coastguard workers in the massive operation, and today a body was discovered near Steetley Pier, which juts out into the North Sea.
Although formal identification has not yet been completed, authorities have made contact with Matthew’s relatives.
Teesside Live reported that an orange RNLI boat came as close to the shore as it could this morning, with crew members on the sand holding out enormous green sheets.
“Officers searching for missing Matthew Sherrington, 14, from Hartlepool, discovered the corpse of a young guy at Steetley Pier in Hartlepool this morning,” a spokesman for Cleveland Police said.
“While no formal identification has yet been made, officers have contacted Matthew’s family and advised them that a corpse has been discovered.”
“Unfortunately, we were called at 8.39 a.m. this morning to reports of a corpse located at Brus Tunnel, Steetley Pier near West View Road in Hartlepool,” a representative for the North East Ambulance Service said.
“An ambulance and a cop were dispatched. We express our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends who have suffered such a devastating loss.”
The Matthew Sherrington was the subject of a huge search, but the Humber Coastguard had to call it off after 13 hours on Friday last week.
Many individuals have expressed their condolences to Matthew’s family on social media as a result of today’s large-scale activity near the coast.
Since the teen’s disappearance, members of the local community and beyond have assisted in the hunt.