The last movements of a pensioner who was found dead in the River Ribble are being traced by police.Advertisement
Stewart Carysforth went missing from his home in Ribchester on Sunday (16 October).
He was known to enjoy walks in the area for emergency services were searching for the 73-year-old.
Mr Carysforth’s body was found less a mile form his home on Monday afternoon, having been missing since 7pm on the Sunday.
Detective Inspector Nicola Bithell, from Blackburn CID, said: “First and foremost our thoughts go out to Mr Carysforth’s family at this incredibly sad time.
“It appears Mr Carysforth may have been fishing shortly before he died so somebody may have seen him close to the river, or may have seen him making his way there from his home.
“If you have any information that could help us piece together his final hours, please make contact with us as soon as possible.
“We would like to stress that we are not treating his death as suspicious at this time. It appears that Mr Carysforth may have been taken ill, or that this was a tragic accident.”
Mr Carysforth is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, of slim build, with grey hair. He was wearing a grey jumper, green cords and a checked shirt. He was wearing green Wellington boots.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “A file will be passed to the coroner in due course.”
Police would like to hear from anybody who saw him between October 15th (Saturday) and October 17th (Monday).
Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting log number 1231 of October 16th.
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