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Missing Pocklington man found dead


3:30pm 14th June 2011
(Updated 3:50pm 20th June 2011)

Police searching for the missing 62 year old David Huitson, are saddened to report that they have recovered the body of a male that has been positively identified as the missing man.

Detective Inspector Tony Cockerill who was the senior officer that led the search over the last four days said:

"This had been a long and difficult search that has been painstakingly undertaken by large numbers of police officers and volunteers from the local community and other supporting agencies.

"Sadly Mr Huitson has not been found alive, but I would like to offer thanks to those who have supported the search and the Huitson family.

"The family have been moved by the public support for them and are currently been supported by trained officers".

Sgt Peter Rogers of the Pocklington and Wolds Weighton Neighbourhood Policing Team Policing team said:

"The people of the Pocklington area have been absolutely fantastic in the help that they have given to both the Police and the Huitson family during the course of this extensive investigation.

We would like to thank the volunteer groups, those who circulated posters, those who assisted in the searches or offered accommodation, and everyone who provided information and offered help in the hope that we would locate David safely.

We are very sad that he was ultimately not found alive and our condolences go out to the Huitson family."

The Huitson family have expressed their personal thanks to everyone who helped in the search for David over the past few days and for the support provided to them.

The family released this statement:

" We would sincerely like to thank the people of the Pocklington area, the volunteer search teams, and all the departments of Humberside Police who have helped us in the search for Dave over the past few days.

We have been overwhelmed by all of the community support that we have received and are very grateful to the individuals, local businesses and organisations who came to our assistance during this very difficult period.
We have been deeply moved by all that has been done on our behalf and just want to express how much this has meant to us as a family"



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