Body of missing man, 22, found in water two months ago, police …
The remains of Liam Graham who had gone missing for more than three months were found in the North Sea in The Netherlands two momths ago, officers have now confirmed. The 22-year-old from Medway was last seen on July 22 between Lower Stoke and Hoo.
His family, along with friends and volunteers, conducted extensive search to find the missing man. A Facebook group called Search For Liam was set up in a bid to share updates and information.
But police have said his body was discovered almost two months ago on September 15. Kent Police were contacted by the Dutch authorities on November 6 after the remains of a person were found in the water. It was confirmed the following day that these belonged to Liam.
Detective Inspector Paul Fewtrell said: "I have been in touch with the Dutch authorities and they have confirmed that Liam’s remains were found in the North Sea. We are continuing to work with the authorities in Rotterdam, the British Consulate at The Hague and the coroner’s office, to fully understand the circumstances and to make arrangements for repatriation back to the UK.
"The family is being supported and kept fully updated by specialist officers from Kent Police."
Following his death, his family have paid tribute, describing Liam as the "kindest, most caring and loving" young man. In a statement, they thanked those who helped with the search and donated to their Gofundme page which will be used to bring Liam's body home.
They said: "Thank you to everyone who has shown us so much support and help throughout the agonising days while Liam was missing. Thank you to everyone who has donated to the GoFundMe page which was set up as a reward for information, but is sadly now being used to bring our Liam home and give him the most beautiful send-off that he deserves.
"We cannot put into words the utter heartache that as a family we are going through daily, following the devastating news of our Liam’s passing. Liam was the kindest, most caring and loving young man, who was loved very much in return.
"He was a wonderful son, brother and loving uncle whose memory lives on with us all. We will miss you very much LeeLees."
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