TRAGIC dad Karl Law was found wearing only his underwear and clothes found nearby were not his, say friends.
Friends say that is where the confusion came in over whether the body found in Vltava river was that of the 35-year-old builder.
Karl vanished while on his cousin’s stag do in Prague just over three weeks ago.
A huge search party was launched by family and friends who worked in shifts scouring the streets of the Czech capital.
His body was found in the Vltava river on Sunday.
There is anger that Czech police did not act sooner on information that Karl had been spotted on a bridge over the river hours after he disappeared.
A friend, who did not want to be named, said: ‘He was seen not wearing a lot of clothing.
‘The police knew of this report within 24 hours.
‘He had been mumbling about his mum and a dog. He had slurred speech.
‘If somebody is suffering from acute hypothermia the body slows down and the brain loses function.
‘He wasn’t drunk and on drugs (as police claimed). He was losing co-ordination and his speech was slurred.
‘The police should have checked that bit of river straight away and perhaps the outcome would have been a bit different.’
Clothes found near Karl’s body were not his. At the time he went missing he was wearing a distinctive hat, grey shirt and blue coat.
That originally led Karl’s cousin, Steve Stock, to believe it was not him. But DNA tests proved it was.
It may take up to a month to repatriate Karl to the UK and it is believed definitely will not happen before Christmas.
His heartbroken fiance Amanda Collins told The News Karl will live on in their three-year-old son Lenny.
She had told him his dad was away on a fishing trip.
Tributes have continued to pour in on social media.
And many praised the way family and friends never gave up hope and put all their energy into finding him.
Commenting on the Please Help Find Karl Law Facebook page Tony Smith said: ‘I never met Karl or any of his family. I will say this though. His family should take such immense pride in the way they have conducted themselves in their resolve to bring him home.
‘The friends and people of Fareham and further afield should take pride in the support they have shown to this family.’