Body found in search for missing university lecturer

The body is yet to be formally identified but Mr Barrett's family has been informed
The body is yet to be formally identified but Mr Barrett's family has been informed

Police searching for a former university lecturer who spent time in Chichester said a body has been found.

Dementia and diabetes sufferer James David Barrett has been missing from his Portsmouth home for more than a week.

A body was discovered by a member of public in the Foxes Forest area of Hilsea Lines on Thursday afternoon, and although it has not been formally identified, Mr Barrett’s family has been informed.

Mr Barrett, known as David, was last seen leaving his home in Simpson Road, Stamshaw, at about 5.15pm on Friday.

His family launched a major appeal to try to find him and following Thursday’s news, family friend Michelle Soper-Dyer tweeted: “Absolutely devastated. Thanks to everyone who retweeted my tweets x.”

The discovery of the body is not being treated as suspicious.

A police spokesman said: “While formal identification is yet to be made, Mr Barrett’s family has been notified by police and our thoughts are with them at this time.”

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