Sussex Police have recovered a body from the River Ouse at Newhaven.
A member of the public alerted police at 9.41am on Friday (January 10) to the body of a man in the water at Denton Island.
Sadly, police believe the body to be that of missing 33-year-old Anthony Knott from Orpington.
Detective Inspector Mark Rosser said:
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Anthony at this difficult time.
“We too are saddened by this update and would ask the public and media to respect the families’ privacy at this time.
“We would like to thank the public for their tremendous support with our investigation into the disappearance of Anthony, along with our partner agencies and volunteers who assisted with the search.”
Family, friends and concerned members of the public had helped to search different locations across Lewes when Mr Knott failed to return home on 20th December.
Sussex Police and London Fire Brigade joined forces to search Pells Pool in Lewes and the Pellbrook Cut waterway.
Search and rescue teams also carried out searches of the nearby River Ouse.
Mr Knott, of Orpington, London, had left his friends at the The Lamb pub in Fisher Street during a night out with his LFB colleagues.
He had been due to return home in the early hours the following day.
After he disappeared, his partner Lucy Otto wrote on Facebook that he had been in a happy mood, had loved his job and loved his family and had simply been on a Christmas night out.
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