Body of missing footballer found by police after four day search

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The body of a former footballer who was missing from home has been found by police.

The tragic discovery was made today, May 9, following a four day search for missing James Dean.

The 35-year-old, who is a former player for Warrington Town, Chorley FC and AFC Fylde, was last seen in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, at around midnight on Wednesday, May 5.

The local community came together to search for Mr Dean as his friends and family grew increasingly concerned, reports Lancs Live.

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Today Lancashire Police confirmed a body, believed to be Mr Dean, had been found.

They said in a statement: "Following extensive police enquiries a body was found in the Moscow Mill Street area around 2.25pm today (Sunday, May 9).

"While the body has yet to be formally identified, it is believed to be Mr Dean. His family have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this time.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course.

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"We would like to thank everyone who assisted during the search for James."