THE family of missing Workington man Nicholas Degraff have released an emotional statement after a body was found in Workington Harbour.

The body was found in the water near Workington Port shortly before 11:40am yesterday morning.

Police have said that formal identification of the body may take a number of weeks - but added that the body's identification is a 'priority' to the force.

The family of Nicholas reacted to the body being found in the Port yesterday, releasing an emotional tribute.

In a post on social media, his sister Charlotte Degraff said: "This morning a body was found in Workington Harbour, it could take up to two weeks to identify so until then we won’t be able to confirm it is Nic.

"As soon as we know, we will of course let everyone know. It’s been a crazy, heartbreaking six weeks so until then I will be spending the time with my family while we try to process it.

"I hope we’ve found you Nicholas DeGraff and you’re safe now.

Nicholas first went missing on December, 12 with the last sighting of him being in the village of Great Clifton.

Extensive searches took place for the missing Workington man with many in the community coming together to help the police.