Body found in search for missing East Durham man

A body has been found in the search for a man missing for more than a month.

By Neil Fatkin
Monday, 2nd May 2022, 9:44 am

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Durham Police. Picture by FRANK REID.

Sixty-five-yer-old Barry Hopkins left his home in Shotton Colliery at around 8.30am on Tuesday, March 22, with security cameras later placing him in Peterlee at around 10.10am.

A statement released by Durham Constabulary late on May 1 said: “We regret to report a body has been found between Horden and Blackhall Colliery.

"Formal identification has yet to take place, but the family of missing man Barry Hopkins have been informed.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

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“Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time and we would like to thank everyone who assisted us with our search.”

Security camera footage last placed him heading towards the junction of the A19 roundabout and Burnhope Way on the day of his disappearance.