Body found following search for missing Purbeck teenager

Dorset Police say they have very sadly found a body, following the search for a 17 year old boy who was last seen in Worth Matravers in Dorset.

Jack Gillespie, aged 17, was reported missing, having last been seen leaving an address in Worth Matravers on foot at around 4.45 am on Saturday 10th June 2023.

Dorset search and rescue badge

Voluntary organisation Dorset Search and Rescue helped search for Jack

“The death is not being treated as suspicious”

Searches were carried out with support from the coastguard and Dorset Search and Rescue (DorSAR).

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said:

“At around 9.15 pm on Saturday 10th June 2023, officers very sadly found a body in the area. While formal identification has yet to take place, Jack’s family has been informed.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner has been notified.

“We would like to thank all those who assisted with the searches and our thoughts are with Jack’s family and loved ones at this extremely difficult time.”

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