Body found in water in search for missing Faslane worker

The Royal Navy aided police in 'extensive searches' for Josh Gayton who worked at Faslane Naval Base.

Body found in water in search of missing Faslane worker Josh Gayton Police Scotland

A body has been found in the search for a man missing in Argyll and Bute.

Police confirmed a body was found in the water off Helensburgh at around 6.20pm on Sunday, April 21 after extensive searches that included the Royal Navy for a missing 21-year-old man.

Josh Gayton worked at Faslane Naval Base and was last seen in Helensburgh on April 16.

Police said his family had been notified while formal identification is yet to take place.

A post mortem examination will be carried out but the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police Scotland said a report would be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

The force has opened an internal inquiry into the way officers handled an incident involving the Faslane worker on the same morning he was reported missing.

Mr Gayton was handed a fixed penalty notice by officers for urinating in public in Helensburgh just after midnight on April 16.

Police had said enquiries and footage showed a man matching his description speaking with a member of the public at around 12.25am outside the Riva restaurant on West Clyde Street.

Two vehicles – a white or light-coloured Mini and a blue van similar to a Ford Titanium Connect – may have driven past him as he was walking on East Clyde Street between 12.15am and 12.46am.

The Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence police had aided police in searches by land, sea and air in the area, with the public urged to check outbuildings and sheds.

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