Body found in river is missing man Felix

Felix Yorke
Felix Yorke

A body found in a Bedford river is believed to be that of missing Luton man Felix Yorke, police said today (January 4).

Felix, 25, of Butterworth Path has not been seen since he left work at Topman in The Mall on November 30.

The body was discovered by a member of the public in the River Great Ouse on New Years Day and although it has not yet been formally identified, police say clothing and other items would strongly suggest it is Felix.

Sgt Gavin Conder from the Missing Persons Unit said: “We are not aware of any connections that Felix has in Bedford. We have spoken to many of his friends and family but of course there may well be people out there, and especially in Bedford, that we don’t know about.

“Understandably, Felix’s family are desperate to know what has happened to him and, assuming the outstanding identity checks prove it is him we have found, we are hoping that someone will know what he was doing in Bedford that night. Perhaps he came to meet someone – or perhaps mentioned a reason to someone as to why he would be catching a train to the town.

“If you’re from Bedford, and knew Felix, or have information about why he may have been in the area then please give us a call. You would be helping his family in achieving some peace of mind about his last hours.”

A post mortem has not yet identified the cause of his death and further tests are being done to establish how he died.

Felix’s friends started a campaign to find him when he went missing in November and were still searching for him after Christmas.

It is known that after Felix left work, he caught a train at about 5.30pm from Luton Parkway station.

His mobile telephone was last active at about 7pm that night.

None of the police enquiries so far have suggested why he would be in Bedford which is why officers have taken the unusual step of indicating the identity of the deceased before DNA results are returned.

Anyone who can help with information should contact Sgt Conder on 01234 275137.