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Police call off search for missing student after body is found in Finchingfield woods

Essex Police has suspended its search for a 23-year-old student missing from Little Sampford after a body of a man was found in woodland in Finchingfield on Thursday (Oct 1).

William Bargate left his home in the Uttlesford village at 3.20am on Friday, September 25, and the force issued a public appeal on Tuesday morning (Sept 29) to help find him.

On Friday (Oct 2), a spokesman for the constabulary said: "We have suspended our search for William Bargate, who was reported missing from Little Sampford.

"This follows the sad discovery of the body of a man in woodland in Finchingfield yesterday afternoon (Thursday, October 1).

"He has yet to be formally identified, however we have notified William's family.

"The man's death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner."

William was a university student in Coventry.

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