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Body found in hunt for missing boy, 13, who fell in River Thames on way to school

A body has been found in the hunt for a 13-year-old boy who fell in the River Thames last week, police have confirmed.

Zaheid Ali, a 13-year-old pupil at the Ark Globe Academy in Southwark, is believed to have fallen into the water at around 8am on Tuesday (April 20) shortly after getting off a bus at Tower Bridge.

A letter from school principal Matt Jones told parents that this was before his usual stop, reports London Live.

Marine police, firefighters and crews from the RNLI have been scouring the area as part of “an intensive search” with the assistance of a police helicopter.

Marine police, firefighters and crews from the RNLI have been scouring the area as part of "an intensive search"
Marine police, firefighters and crews from the RNLI have been scouring the area as part of “an intensive search”

However, a spokesperson for City of London Police, leading the investigation into the disappearance, has today (Thursday, April 29) confirmed a body has been found in the search.

A police spokesperson said: “At around midday on Wednesday, April 28, a body was recovered from the River Thames by marine units which we believe to be that of a 13-year-old who has been missing since Tuesday April, 20.

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“His family have been informed but at this time formal identification has not yet taken place.”

Mr Jones earlier described the incident as “distressing news” for the school community, adding that his “hopes and prayers” were with the missing child’s family



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