Paresh Patel, 48 year-old who had been missing for almost a month was found dead at a canal in the city of Leicester.
Patel was last seen walking along Belgrave Road in Leicester on November 10. His family had called for a search where approximately 500 members of the local community had joined to retrace Patel's steps.
After recovering Patel's body, Leicestershire Police said that they are not treating the death as suspicious.
“The man has been formally identified as 48-year-old Paresh. A post-mortem examination has been conducted. Further tests are being carried out. The death is not being treated as suspicious,” Leicestershire Police said in a statement.
Following the confirmation by the Leicestershire police, Patel’s family issued a statement thanking the authorities.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we inform you that our son, husband, father, brother, nephew, cousin & friend: Paresh has been taken from us. We wanted to thank you all with everything that we have, for every single moment of your time, that you gave to us, to help us find Paz,” the family said in a statement.
Leicestershire Police had deployed extra resources to visit local residents and businesses and hand out thousands of leaflets and posters as part of the search operation.
An inquest is likely to be opened into Patel’s death, which will establish the cause and circumstances surrounding his death.