Body found in Solent as missing jet-skier police investigation is 'still ongoing'

The family of a missing jet skier have been told police found a body in the Solent.

The body was found just before 11am today after a joint mission with Hampshire police, the search and rescue helicopter from Lee-on-the-Solent and the Hill Head Coastguard Rescue Team.

The family of Elezaj Shkelzen, who was last seen on a jet ski leaving Lymington for Langstone Harbour on August 4, have been informed but police have said formal identification is yet to take place.

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The Coastguard helicopter.

A search for the 33-year-old from Oxfordshire took place last week, after his white and burgundy Yamaha Waverunner was spotted unmanned with a mobile phone still on board.

A police spokesman said: ‘A man’s body has been found in the Solent today.

‘Formal identification has yet to take place but the family of missing Elezaj Shkelzen have been informed.

Elezaj Shkelzen, 33, from Oxfordshire is missing. He was last seen on a jet-ski leaving Lymington headed for Langstone Harbour on August 4 at 6pm. Picture: Hampshire police

‘At this time, a missing person investigation is still ongoing with regards to Elezaj.’

Cowes RNLI from the Isle of Wight described the rescue effort as one of the largest in the Solent ‘for some years’.

Elezaj is described as wearing a light grey and white hoody, dark Adidas shorts, and a camouflage waterproof jacket. He may have had an orange life-jacket with him.

Anyone with information, or who might have seen Elezaj since the incident, is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101, quoting the reference number 44200293979.

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