The family of a man who went missing from Oundle has thanked the search and rescue team who tried to bring him home to his family safely.
Lindsay Clarke Prior, also known as Bert, went missing from his home in Oundle on January 21.
Police launched an urgent appeal for information about Bert’s whereabouts, and re-appealed for the public’s help when he was still missing a week later.
Despite the efforts of the emergency services and search and rescue teams, it was not until late March that a body was found in the River Nene near Peterborough.
The use of dental records helped police confirm about two weeks later that the body found was that of Bert.
Members of Northamptonshire Search and Rescue team were involved in the search for Bert, and the team has just received a donation from Bert’s family to say thank you for their efforts.
A message by Northamptonshire Search and Rescue on its Facebook page said: “Today the team received a very generous donation from the family of Mr Prior.
“The team spent numerous days searching for Mr Prior, who had gone missing from his Oundle home.
“Unfortunately despite the best efforts of the search team, police and many others, we were unable to locate Bert.
“He was sadly later found passed away, some distance away.
“The team wants to express their deepest thanks, thoughts and prayers to Mr Prior’s family and his mother Rosemary.
“We also want to thank the people of Oundle for their support during the search efforts.
“This donation will allow the charity to continue helping families in their time of need.
“Thank you from all at NSAR.”