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Body found on beach was missing man Grant Ritchie

Grant Ritchie and family
Image caption Grant Ritchie had been reported missing last month

The body of a man found on a beach was that of missing 20-year-old Grant Ritchie, police have confirmed.

Mr Ritchie disappeared while walking with his girlfriend after a party in Cove last month.

A body was discovered on Balmedie beach in the Aberdeen area on Friday.

Grampian Police confirmed that the body was that of Mr Ritchie and that relatives had been informed. His family and girlfriend had earlier spoken of their distress.

His parents said in a statement earlier this month that Mr Ritchie was a "popular guy" who was always laughing and joking.

They thanked everyone who had been involved in the extensive search.

Girlfriend Lisa Stephen had said they were always very happy.

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