Police searching for missing teenager Nathan Wood have found a body in the River Dart


Police divers searching for a missing teenager have found a body in the River Dart.

Nathan Wood, from the Paignton area, was last seen heading towards the river at Totnes in Devon at about 6pm on Friday.

Eyewitnesses described the teenager as being naked and appearing to be "tripping" as he was near the water.

A spokeswoman for Devon and Cornwall Police said police divers discovered the body at about 12pm on Sunday.

Formal identification has not yet taken place but Nathan's family have been informed.

Inspector Tracy Sharam, based in Torquay, said: "We would like to thank the community in Totnes for their support while the search has been under way for Nathan over the last few days.

"Our thoughts remain with the family at this difficult and upsetting time."

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Nathan Wood appeared to be "tripping" when he was last seen (Devon & Cornwall Police/PA)

A force spokeswoman added: "Detectives from Totnes CID will carry out a full investigation into the circumstances of the teenager's death and a file will be prepared for the coroner."

Friends told police that Nathan had consumed a new psychoactive substance (NPS) before taking his clothes off near the river.

A canoeist contacted police at about 7pm on Friday after spotting Nathan "tripping" as he headed towards the water.

Local officers began searching the area that evening, assisted by police dogs, a police helicopter, the Coastguard, volunteers from Dartmoor Search and Rescue Group and divers from Devon and Cornwall Police and Avon and Somerset Police.

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Coastguard helicopters helped in the search for the teenager (Andrew Matthews/PA)

The searches for Nathan - described as being 5ft 6in, of slim build with gingery fair hair - continued on Saturday and Sunday.

His bag, shoes, wallet, trousers and hat were recovered by police.

Anyone with information that could assist with the investigation is asked to email 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 quoting reference 775 of 5 August.

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers online or by calling 0800 555 111.