Police searching for well-known North Yorkshire grain buyer Howard Jackson, 63, who was reported missing last weekend, have confirmed they have found the body of a man.
In a short statement, North Yorkshire Police said Mr Jackson’s family had been informed and there were not believed to be any suspicious circumstances. “A report will be prepared for the coroner,” it added.
Mr Jackson, who worked for Masham-based animal feed manufacturer l’Anson Brothers, was last seen on Saturday 13 July at his home in Marton-cum-Grafton, near Boroughbridge.
He had left home wearing a denim T-shirt and pyjama trousers, and drove off in a black pickup truck carrying the logo of his employer on the side.
At the time, l’Anson Brothers used social media to ask members of the public to share any information with the police.
News that a body has now been found has been greeted with dismay on social media.
One Yorkshire farmer who knew him well described Mr Jackson as a “real character who will be sadly missed”.
Others described him as a “top bloke”, saying it was “a pleasure to deal with him over the years”, adding that he would be “missed by many”.