Body is found near Burnham-on-Sea in search for missing man Dean Tate, say police

PUBLISHED: 10:04 22 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:08 23 April 2018

Dean Tate. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Dean Tate. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Police have confirmed a body has been found near Burnham-on-Sea in the search for missing man Dean Tate.

A member of the public made the discovery on Stert Island at 12.20pm yesterday (Saturday, April 21).

Officers say it is ‘too soon’ for formal identification, but believe it to be Mr Tate, aged 40, of Highbridge.

Mr Tate’s loved-ones have been informed and police have asked that the family are afforded privacy.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: “At 12.20pm today (Saturday, April 21) we were called by a member of the public who’d found a body on Stert Island – off Burnham-on-Sea.

“We’ve since recovered the body with the help of Her Majesty’s Coastguard and BARB Search and Rescue.

“While it is too early for any formal identification, we believe it to be missing Highbridge man Dean Tate.”

Dean went missing in Burnham during the early hours of Saturday, February 24.

Detective Inspector Richard Horsfall said: “We’ve informed Dean’s partner and family of the discovery and are providing them with support.

“This is not the outcome anyone wanted and our thoughts are with them during what is clearly a difficult time.

“The search for Dean lasted several weeks and I’d like to personally thank our partners and the communities of Burnham and Highbridge for their assistance during this time.

“While the community spirit shown has been warmly welcomed, I’d now ask Dean’s loved ones are given the privacy they need.”

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