Police have recovered the body of a 67-year-old man who was reported missing from his home in North Yorkshire over one week ago.

Officers discovered the body of Nicholas Leaf, of Riccall, at 1pm today (Thursday, April 18).

North Yorkshire Police said the body was found in water near his home address.

A force spokesperson said formal identification has taken place and confirmed the body is that of Mr Leaf.

“His death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will now be prepared for the coroner,” they added.  

“We would like to thank everyone who shared our appeals, and we ask that Nicholas’ family’s privacy is respected at this difficult time.”

Mr Leaf was reported missing to police after being last seen by his family on Tuesday, April 9.

In a public Facebook group dedicated to finding Mr Leaf, a spokesperson for the family said: "I'm very sorry to share the news that Nick has been found and is no longer with us. Thank you again for all your support over the last nine days. If you could please respect the family's privacy we'd be grateful. Thank you."