THE body of a man found in the River Wear is believed to be missing Sunderland man Paul Wilkinson.
Police were called to the river after reports of a body in the water near The Ropery pub were received yesterday afternoon.
It is thought the body belongs to the 38-year-old, who went missing from his Marley Pots home on Sunday, May 13.
Tests are currently being carried out to formally identify the man.
Northumbria Police said there was no third party involvement.