Body of missing Royal Welsh teen found

31 July 2017, 16:12

Missing James Corfield

Dyfed-Powys Police have confirmed a body found in Builth Wells is that of James Corfield who went missing during the Royal Welsh show.

The 19-year-old was part of Montgomery Young Farmers' Club and was last seen at the White Horse pub on the second day of the show.

He'd been camping with friends, and the alarm was raised after he failed to meet his family at the showground.

His family have paid tribute, saying his visit to the Royal Welsh show was a "real highlight for him".

"James was very much a farming family guy - farming was his life, and he loved his animals with a passion. Seeing the sheep and poultry judging was something he really looked forward to.

£He went to the Royal Welsh Show every year throughout his life, and we have fond memories of taking him as a child, which we will always treasure.

"James was a keen cricketer and a gifted player, and played for Montgomery Cricket Club. He was recently awarded Shropshire Division 2 Cricketer of the Year, and the league's young player of the year in 2016, a massive achievement for someone his age and something he was incredibly proud of.

"We will miss James with all our hearts, and are utterly devastated. 

"We are very grateful to all the volunteers who helped with the search, and for all the messages of support, but we ask now to be left in privacy."

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and the Wales Federation of YFC have also released a statement.

"We are saddened to learn of the news that a body has been found during the search for James Corfield. 

"We will offer support to the family at this difficult time."