Haydn Evans: Cheshire Police say tests show he drowned
A body found in a lake is that of a teenager who went missing after a works party eight days before Christmas, police have confirmed.
A major search was mounted for Haydn Evans, 18, from Mold, Flintshire, after he disappeared following the party at Carden Park Hotel in Broxton, Cheshire.
His body was discovered on Friday, 13 days later, at the Carden Park lake.
A Home Office post-mortem examination has found he drowned and his death is not being treated as suspicious.
He had last been seen at the entrance of the hotel at 01:00 GMT on Saturday, 17 December, and landowners and farmers were urged to check outbuildings in the rural area.
A police spokeswoman said: "A Home Office post-mortem took place this morning which revealed Haydn died from drowning.
"Haydn's death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.
"The thoughts and condolences of all officers and staff who work for Cheshire Constabulary are with Haydn's family and friends at this very sad time.
"The Constabulary would like to thank the local community and all those who have helped in the search for Haydn and would ask on behalf of the family, that they are allowed time to grieve for Haydn in private."
The search had included underwater units, dog patrols and air support, and involved up to 50 police officers and volunteers.
In a statement earlier this week, Mr Evans's family had said: "Christmas has passed and Haydn's presents remain unopened and none of us can even consider celebrating this Christmastime whilst he is still missing."