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Nathan Wood search: Body found in River Dart

Search at River Dart
Image caption Search teams have been looking for Nathan Wood since Friday night

A body has been found by police searching a river for a missing 16-year-old boy.

Nathan Wood was last seen near the River Dart in Totnes, Devon, on Friday evening in a "distressed state", officers said.

It was feared he had fallen into the river after taking a so-called "new psychoactive substance" (NPS).

Deep water divers were drafted in on Sunday to help in the search for Nathan.

Image caption Deep water divers joined in the search of the River Dart on Sunday

Search teams recovered a body earlier which would "appear to be a male of the right age range", a spokesman said.

The body has not been formally identified, but Nathan's family have been informed.

Insp Tracey Sharam, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "We'd like to thank everybody for their help and support that have turned up over the last couple of days helping us with those searches.

"Our thoughts at this time are with his family, his friends and the community in Totnes."

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Image caption Nathan Wood, 16, had been out with friends on Friday night before he went missing

Police said the teenager, who is from the Paignton area, had been out with a group of friends on Friday night and believed he entered the water at about 18:30 BST.

Acting Sgt Kevin Rowe said there was a "possibility he may have taken some sort of [formerly] legal high which has had an adverse effect on his behaviour and caused him to behave quite irrationally".

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Media captionInsp Tracey Sharam said divers had found the body of a male in the river

The Dartmoor Rescue Group and a helicopter helped in the search efforts over the weekend.

Nathan's friends confirmed to officers the teenager had taken a drug on the night he went missing.

New psychoactive substances, formerly known as "legal highs", are synthetic versions of drugs such as amphetamines and cannabis designed to mimic their effects.

Image caption Dartmoor Search and Rescue joined the effort to find the missing teenager

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