Margate beach body confirmed as missing John Howells

A body which washed ashore at Margate has been confirmed as that of a missing 28-year-old man from Sheerness.

Kent Police had made appeals in a bid find John Howells who was last seen at his home in Leysdown on 7 July.

The body was recovered last Wednesday from the beach in Margate near the Winter Gardens, with the help of lifeboat crews.

Police have now confirmed his identity and said they are not treating the death as suspicious.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned.

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