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The hunt for missing student William Bargate has been stopped after Essex Police found a body in a wooded area.
The 23-year-old disappeared from his home in Little Sampford last Friday. His death is not being treated as suspicious by cops.
Officers found his body in the Finchingfield of the county.
Essex Police tweeted this morning: "We have suspended our search for William Bargate, who was reported missing from home.
"This follows the sad discovery of a man's body yesterday. He has yet to be formally identified, however we have notified William’s family. The man’s death is not believed to be suspicious."
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Police first issued an appeal last week after William left his home in the middle of the night.
His family raised the alarm after the left the Uttlesford property at around 3.20am. Cops issued an appeal saying they were "concerned for his welfare".
Police received a reported sighting of a man who might have been William walking near the Blue Egg farm shop in Braintree Road, Great Bardfield, at 3.50pm on Saturday.
William was a student at Warwick University and friends had shared appeals publicising his disappearance.
His files will now be prepared for the coroner before an inquest takes place.
It comes after police made the tragic discovery of 14-year-old Kekshan Road's body in West Yorkshire last month.
She was found in Keighley, Yorkshire, after she failed to come home from Holy Family School.
Her disappearance was described as “completely out of character” by police, who notified the young teenager’s family.
Police are not investigating any "suspicious circumstances" surrounding the incident.
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