Body found in submerged car

POLICE searching for a 57-year-old man, who went missing from his home nearly two months ago, found a body yesterday in a car submerged near Lowestoft docks.

POLICE searching for a 57-year-old man, who went missing from his home nearly two months ago, found a body yesterday in a car submerged near Lowestoft docks.

Colin King had not been seen since September 21 when he hired a car in Great Yarmouth, leaving personal items including his mobile phone and medication at his home in Commercial Road in Lowestoft - close to where the body was recovered.

A car was found on Monday morning which appeared to match the rental company's missing registration plate. Recovery work started yesterday and the body was found.

It was taken to the James Paget University Hospital, in Gorleston, where formal identification and post-mortem examination will take place.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said: “As is standard procedure police are treating the death as unexplained, although there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances at this stage. An inquest will be held in due course.”

Police used sonar equipment in the underwater search operation for the missing man, aided by Yarmouth based company Gardline Environmental, whose survey vessel Coastal Surveyor was sheltering in Lowestoft from rough seas in the recent bad weather.

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The submerged car's number plate was identified by Gardline's Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) which is equipped with an underwater video system.

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