Body found in River Stour in Canterbury thought to be missing man John Harvey
by Joe Walker
Further tests need to be carried out after a man's body was
pulled out of the River Stour in Canterbury.
A post mortem was carried out after the body was found by a
kayaker on Friday morning.
Police have confirmed they are not treating the death as
suspicious, but more tests are being carried out to establish the
cause of death.
They said today they believed the body may be that of
54-year-old John Harvey of Minster, but a formal identification
hasn't taken place.
The 54-year-old’s car was found abandoned at the Stodmarsh
Nature Reserve in January, sparking a massive manhunt for the
Police scaled down the search for him last week, but made the
discovery of a body in the river on Friday.
Unipart worker Mr Harvey, from Minster, went missing
on January 19 after visiting the 600-acre reserve.
His Ford Focus was found abandoned, but he is believed to have
taken his camera equipment with him.
Speaking during the search, DI Jon Holl said: "His camera
equipment is missing and in his car were his driving shoes, which
suggests he had changed into some other footwear.
"We know that Mr Harvey was a very keen photographer,
particularly of trees, and it is possible he went looking for
photographic opportunities because of the snowfall.
"But the conditions were potentially treacherous and the
features of the reserve would have changed in the snowfall.
"It would have been quite easy to have stepped the wrong
Mr Harvey’s long-term partner Stephanie Austin and his daughter
Claire Harvey, 28, visited the reserve two weeks ago to thank the
search party for their efforts.
On a Facebook page set up to help find Mr Harvey, his niece
Hannah Marley wrote: "A body has been found in the Stour. The
police are investigating the identity but it is likely to be my
"On behalf of John’s family and friends, I would like to thank
everyone for their support over the last four weeks."
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