Body in sea off Cornwall identified as Dr Nigel Veitch's

Dr Nigel Veitch
Image caption Dr Nigel Veitch's body was spotted in the sea off St Ives

A man's body found floating in the sea off Cornwall has been identified as that of a scientist who worked at Kew Gardens, police said.

Nigel Veitch's body was spotted off St Ives by the crew of a fishing boat on 1 September.

Dr Veitch, 49, from Ascot in Berkshire, has been described by the gardens as an "outstanding scientist".

Police want anyone who saw Dr Veitch in west Cornwall on 31 August or 1 September to get in touch.

'Valued colleague'

Officers are not treating Dr Veitch's death as suspicious.

A spokesperson from the gardens said: "We are deeply saddened by Dr Veitch's death.

"He was a valued colleague and friend to many at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and an outstanding scientist."

On the gardens' website, Dr Veitch is described as a senior phytochemist who joined Kew in 1992.

It said the Oxford University graduate had helped to write a number of publications.

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