Police divers searching for pensioner missing from Honiton find body in River Otter

Police searching for a dementia café member missing from Honiton have found the body of a man in the River Otter.

Pensioner John Scurr, in his 70s, was reported missing after last being seen in the town on January 24, sparking a police search and appeal for information.

Devon and Cornwall Police said police divers found a man’s body in the river at Weston, near Honiton, and his death was not being treated as suspicious.

Formal identification has not yet taken place and the family of Mr Scurr has been told of the discovery, said police.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “The body of a man has been found by police divers in the River Otter at Weston, near Honiton.

“His death is not being treated as suspicious.

“Formal identification is yet to be carried out.

“The family of missing man John Scurr from Honiton have been made aware of the update.”

Honiton Dementia Action Alliance paid tribute to Mr Scurr, who was a memory café member.

The group said they had spent ‘wonderful times’ with Mr Scurr, and would ‘miss him terribly’.

Honiton Dementia Action Alliance said: “It was with huge sadness that we heard from the police that John’s body has been found.

“As you might imagine our whole Honiton Memory Cafe family will miss him terribly, especially when we all get back together.

“He is resting in peace now and we have many fond memories of John from all the wonderful times we have enjoyed together.

“Thank you everyone from the bottom of our hearts for all your kind and loving help and concern over the past week.”

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