POLICE are continuing to carry out tests to establish the identity of a body found in the River Wear.
A passer-by spotted the man’s body at the side of the river in Sunderland on Saturday morning.
Emergency services rushed to the riverside overlooked by student flats in Panns Bank at about 8am, but the man was confirmed dead shortly after.
It is not yet known how long he had been in the water, and investigations are underway to confirm his identity.
The grim discovery comes as police are still searching for missing 23-year-old Daniel Moir, from Fatfield.
Daniel was last seen at about 8.30pm on Tuesday, October 22 when he left his home address to go for a walk.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “Police received a report that a man’s body had been found on the banks of the River Wear at the Fish Quay.
“Officers and the RNLI attended and the body was recovered and taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital.
“Inquiries are now ongoing to establish the identity of the man and the cause of death.”
Volunteers from Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station were among the emergency services called into action after the man’s body was spotted.
The station inshore lifeboat MyJo was launched, along with the Sunderland’s Coastguard Rescue Team.
They recovered the man, who was handed over to officers from Northumbria Police and paramedics at the city’s Marina.
Kristina Jameson, from Sunderland RNLI, said: “These types of incident are always difficult for our volunteers to deal with, but it is something which they train for to ensure that the task is carried out in a safe and respectful manner.
“They worked closely with the police officers at the scene to ensure that the correct procedures were followed to allow their investigation to take place once the body was taken ashore.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 as soon as possible.