Man Found In Bedford River Is Named
4 January 2013, 14:36
The body of a man found in the River Great Ouse in Bedford on New Years Day is missing Luton man Felix Yorke.
The 25-year-old had left work at Top Man in Luton on November 30 and had not been seen since.
A body was seen in the water, off the Embankment near Shaftesbury Avenue, on Tuesday afternoon by a member of the public.
The emergency services were called and it was recovered.
The body has not yet been formally identified, as detectives are waiting for the results of DNA and other tests, but clothing and other items suggest it is Mr Yorke.
A post mortem examination has not been able to establish the cause of death. Further tests are being carried out.
He had been reported missing by his family on December 1. Enquiries so far have been unable to suggest why he should have been in Bedford. After leaving work he caught a 5.30 train from Luton Parkway station. His mobile phone was last active at 7pm that night.
Sergeant Gavin Conder, the head of the Missing Persons Unit, said:
"We are not aware of any connections that Felix had in Bedford. We have spoken to many of his friends and family but of course there may well be people out there, and especially in Bedford, that we don't know about.
"Understandably Felix's family are desperate to know what has happened to him and we are hoping that someone will know what he was doing in Bedford that night. Perhaps he came to meet someone - or perhaps mentioned a reason as to why he would be catching a train to the town."