Police hunting for schoolboy find a body in a field
- Daniel Chambers, 15, vanished from his south Devon home Wednesday morning
- Police today found his body four miles away in a field after searching a river
- Detectives are investigating his death but do not think that it is suspicious
- Daniel's heartbroken sister Melissa thanked friends who helped the search
Published: 09:36 EST, 16 December 2017 | Updated: 12:37 EST, 16 December 2017
Daniel Chambers, 15, had been missing from his home in Tipton St John, south Devon since Wednesday morning
Police searching for a teenage boy have found his body in a field after trawling a river.
Daniel Chambers, 15, vanished from his home in Tipton St John, south Devon on Wednesday morning.
Police today found his body four miles away. They are investigating his death but do not think it is suspicious.
Daniel's heartbroken older sister Melissa thanked friends who helped the search in a moving Facebook post.
She wrote: 'Thank you to everyone who has shared this post and everyone who has helped us in this difficult time. I'm extremely saddened to say that a body has been found that matches Daniel’s description in Tipton St John by the river.
'Please give me and my family time to absorb and come to terms with this news. Thank you again for all your help.'
Dozens of family and friends replied to the post with their support. One wrote: 'Sending all my love to you and your family, so so sad and I'm extremely sorry.'
Daniel was last seen by his parents leaving home to go to school at 7.30am – but friends didn't see him on his 8.15am school bus.
Police who traced his mobile phone said the most recent signal was given off at 2.30pm on Wednesday four miles from his home.
Earlier today detectives announced they were searching in and around a river as concern mounted for the missing schoolboy.
Police today found a body matching Daniel's description four miles away from his home in this field. They are investigating his death but do not think it is suspicious
Searches were extended to include in and around the River Otter in Devon on Saturday
Daniel is described as white, approx. 6ft tall, of a slim build, with short dark brown hair and is clean shaven. He was last seen wearing dark coloured chinos and a grey hoodie with horizontal stripes on the back
After finding the body this morning, police released a statement which read: 'Police searching for missing Tipton St John teenager Daniel Chambers, 15, have located the body of a male today [16 December].
The body was found in a field near Tipton St John around 11.35am during a police search for Daniel who was last seen on Wednesday morning [13 December].
Formal identification is yet to be carried out but Daniel’s family has been informed.
Officers are carrying out enquiries to establish the circumstances of the death but it is not being treated as suspicious at this time.'
Before the body was found, Daniel's sister Melissa wrote that the disappearance was 'extremely unlike him'.
She wrote on Facebook: 'As some of you know my brother Daniel has gone missing in the South Devon area. It's extremely unlike him and he would never do this sort of thing.
'It's thought that he travelled into Sidmouth or Ottery St. Mary, by either walking or catching the 382 bus.
'He could have also walked to Newton Poppleford. His phone location was last tracked near Sidmouth at 2:30pm on Wednesday 13th December.
'Daniel is 6'1, has brown hair and eyes. We believe that he's wearing a black bomber jacket with black chinos.'
At a police press conference on Friday about Daniel's disappearance, DCI Stuart Cavin said that searches had been extended to include in and around the River Otter.
He said: 'We are appealing to people who know and use the walkways around the River Otter, particularly between Tipton St John up to Ottery St Mary.
Police search for missing schoolboy Daniel Chambers
His worried sister Melissa said that Daniel's disappearance was 'extremely unlike him', and that his phone had been tracked near Sidmouth at 2.30pm on Wednesday
'We know that Daniel used this area and we think he may well have been seen by many walkers and other members of the public who use these paths.
'Daniel usually catches the bus to school from the Golden Lion in Tipton St. John at approximately 8.15am to attend school but was not seen getting onto the bus.
'It is believed he likes to frequently visit Sidmouth and Beer.'
DCI Cavin added that Daniel is described as white, approx. six foot tall, of a slim build, with short dark brown hair and clean shaven.
He said: 'It is believed he was wearing dark coloured chinos, black suede shoes, grey hoodie and a M&S dark coloured bomber jacket.
'He was carrying a black rucksack with a green coloured DC Logo.'
Daniel's mobile phone was last tracked at around 2.30pm on Wednesday some four miles from where he lives in Tipton St John, Devon
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