Body found in search for missing man

THE body of a 21-year-old who was reported missing on Boxing Day has been found in a local park.

Benjamin Kennedy of Wallsend was reported missing by his girlfriend on Monday December 26 after he left the house in Belmont Street in Walker, and did not return, nor go to the address in Laurel Street in Wallsend where he had been staying.

As friends worried about his state of mind and tried to contact him by phone and text message, there was no reply and police became involved.

But officers attended Walker Park on Tuesday December 27 at 12.50pm where the body of Benjamin was discovered.

An ambulance also attended the scene but the 21-year-old was pronounced dead.

A police spokesperson said there is not believed to be any third party involvement and a report was being prepared for the coroner.