Police search ends for missing Luke Howe as body found in river

Greater Manchester Police can now confirm a body found in the River Bollin in Hale today has been identified as Luke Howe.

Luke (14) was reported missing from Hale at around 6.30pm yesterday evening. He was described by police as “very vulnerable” due to having learning difficulties.

Police and emergency services responded to a concern for welfare and searches for Luke began last night and continued into today, focusing on the River Bollin in Hale and River Mersey in South Manchester.

A facebook group, set up by Luke’s family, had members of the public offering to help with the search.

Luke was sadly recovered from the River Bollin this afternoon.

There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Police identification has now taken place and is confirmed to be the body of Luke Howe. His next of kin have now been informed.

Detective inspector Rick Lees said: “Our condolences are with Luke’s loved ones, his friends and family in what is a truly awful time. This is a tragic case of a young teenager who has sadly died in terrible circumstances and our thoughts remain with Luke’s family.

“Luke’s family are being supported by specially trained officers and ask for their privacy to be respected while they grieve their loss. I would like to praise the work that officers and emergency services personnel put in to try to find Luke.

“This was a complex search in difficult conditions, and their work is appreciated. I would also like to thank the members of the public who helped with the search or shared our appeal. Your help in responding to this incident is hugely appreciated.”

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