Police found the body of a teenager during a search of a 15-year-old boy who was last seen on a lake near Lakeside Shopping Center in Essex.
Essex Police said the discovery was made shortly after 12:40 p.m. on Saturday and had suspended their search.
Officers were called on Friday night after witnesses reported that a teenager was missing at Lakeside Shopping Center in Thurrock.
Police said the boy’s family had been notified and formal identification would take place in due course.
Superintendent Craig Saunders said, “I would like to thank the local community for their patience, as well as everyone involved who contributed to the investigation. “
Essex Police rushed to Lake Alexandra at the mall around 8:50 p.m. on July 31 after reporting the boy was missing.
The missing person last seen in Alexandra Lake in Essex around 8:50 p.m. yesterday has been confirmed as a 15-year-old boy
Essex Police are searching the water and surrounding area for 13-year-old Alexander Lane who went missing near Lakeside Shopping Center in Grays, Essex last night
The missing person was later confirmed to be a 15-year-old boy, and the police asked people to avoid the area.
Aerial images taken at the scene show a large-scale search underway.
Specialized search teams were called in to hunt the teenager, who disappeared on the water. The search was reduced to around midnight last night.
The boy is believed to have entered the water at the Travelodge Lakeside site, where a brand new inflatable water park was built earlier this month.
The water park, which is supposed to be completely safe for Covid-19, contains slides and ‘air bags’, which can pull young people dozens of meters into the air.
A witness told EssexLive yesterday it was strange to see the search take place.
They said they saw emergency services using boats to search the water.
They said, “I got out of the car after my wife saw a lot of emergency services here.
“There are a host of incident response teams here – loads of ambulances and fire trucks and specialized dive teams scouring the river, which is just behind the Travelodge. at Lakeside.
A lake near Lakeside Shopping Center in Thurrock, Essex, as a body was found searching for a 15-year-old boy after reporting that a teenager was missing in the area on Friday evening.
“I overheard a conversation which appears to be the mother of someone who was in the river,” said another witness.
“There is a dark vibe here. Everyone has a job to do and does it well when it comes to emergency services. It’s quite strange to see the boats cross the river intently as they search.
“There was a helicopter above and they still seem to be looking. The officers use torches.
This came as the UK reported the third hottest day on Friday on Friday, with temperatures at Heathrow Airport reaching 37.8C.