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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Grieving family of Carlisle man thank those who searched for him

Grieving relatives of a missing man whose body was discovered in a river have thanked all who searched for him.

Allan Atkinson photo
Allan Atkinson

Retired gas engineer Allan Atkinson, 60, had been missing for more than two weeks when a body was discovered in the River Eden at Warwick Bridge on Friday night. Police confirmed over the weekend that it was Mr Atkinson.

His widow, Lynne, has since been too upset to speak. But his family told the News & Star that they wanted to thank everyone who had helped in the search.

Sister-in-law Susan Atkinson said: “We would like to thank the police, everyone who has been sharing his photo on Facebook and everybody that’s been looking for him when out walking their dogs. He was a lovely man. It’s just sad that this has happened.”

Mr Atkinson, from Etterby, Carlisle, was last seen on January 7.

Police have confirmed there are no suspicious circumstances and say the family are being supported by officers.

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