Body found believed to be Felix Yorke

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Police have released the name of the man they believe was found in the river on New Year’s Day.

Beds Police believe the body found in the River Great Ouse along the The Embankment was that of Luton man Felix Yorke, who was reported missing by his family at the beginning of December.

The body has not been formally identified yet, but detectives have taken the unusual step of naming him in the hope that people who may know of his last movements will come forward.

Felix, 25, of Butterworth Path, Luton, left work as normal at Top Man in Luton on November 30 at about 5pm and has not been seen since.

It is known that after Felix left work, he caught a train at about 5.30pm from Luton Parkway station. His mobile telephone was last active at about 7pm that night.

Sergeant Gavin Conder, who heads the Missing Persons Unit, said: “We are not aware of any connections that Felix has in Bedford.

“We have spoken to many of his friends and family but of course there may well be people out there, and especially in Bedford, that we don’t know about.

“Understandably, Felix’s family are desperate to know what has happened to him and, assuming the outstanding identity checks prove it is him we have found, we are hoping that someone will know what he was doing in Bedford that night.

“Perhaps he came to meet someone – or perhaps mentioned a reason to someone as to why he would be catching a train to the town.”

“If you’re from Bedford, and knew Felix, or have information about why he may have been in the area then please give us a call. You would be helping his family in achieving some peace of mind about his last hours.”

A passing member of the public saw the body in the water at The Embankment, near the junction with Shaftesbury Avenue and it was recovered during the afternoon. The body has not yet been formally identified, as detectives are awaiting the results of DNA and other tests to be absolutely certain, but clothing and other items located with the dead man, would strongly suggest that it is Felix.

A post mortem has not yet identified the cause of his death and further tests are being done to establish how he died.

Felix had been reported as missing by his family on December 1, but none of the enquiries done so far have suggested why he would be in Bedford.

Anyone who can help with information is asked to contact Sgt Conder on 01234 275137.