Identity of body found in Portsmouth still not confirmed

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POLICE are still awaiting official identification of a man’s body which was found yesterday.

The body was found by a member of the public in the Foxes Forest area of Hilsea Lines, in Portsmouth.

It is thought to be the body of missing man James David Barrett.

Police are now trying to confirm his identity.

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

His family were worried about him as he had dementia and diabetes.

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.’

As the case is not being treated as suspicious, when formal identification has been made, the coroner will take charge of the case.

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