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30 July 2017

Cops find body at Builth Wells in hunt for missing teen farmer James Corfield who vanished while camping at Royal Welsh Show

A BODY has been found during the search for missing teenage farmer James Corfield, who went missing at the Royal Welsh Show in the early hours of Tuesday.

The 19-year-old member of the Montgomery Young Farmers’ Club was last seen leaving the White Horse Pub in Builth Wells, Powys.

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Specialist search units scour the banks of the River Wye at Builth Wells[/caption]

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An unidentified body was discovered this afternoon and the missing boy’s parents have been notified of the development[/caption]

James Corfield went missing from the Royal Welsh Show in the early hours of Tuesday
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The search for James Corfield entered its fifth day as his desperate family appealed for ‘any small piece of information’
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Police said the alarm was raised on Tuesday when he failed to meet his family at the show, where he had been camping with friends
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Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed the grim discovery in Builth Wells on Sunday afternoon.

The force said in a statement: “A body has been found in Builth Wells this afternoon during the search for missing James Corfield.

“The body has not been formally identified at this time.”

It added: “The family have been made aware of the development and are being supported by a family liaison officer.”

The Brecon Beacon Mountain Rescue Team say the body was recovered from a deep pool in the River Wye, reports the Shropshire Star.

Talented cricketer James was seen in a bar before disappearing at the Royal Welsh Show
Wales News Service

Yesterday, roughly 1,000 people gathered in Montgomery to support the missing teen and his family.

James’s mum issued a heartbreaking plea to find her boy after the talented cricketer failed to meet family at the showground where he had been camping with friends.

His desperate mum said his disappearance was totally out of character.

Police, fire crews, mountain rescue teams and members of the public have been searching for the teenager.

Mr Corfield’s mother Louise Corfield said: “James has still not been found, and we, his parents, brother, sister and grandma are desperate to know where he is.

“This is totally out of character of James. He is so passionate about his farm animals, and hasn’t come home to them.

“He would never leave them unattended, which makes us even more worried about where he is.

“James is a gifted cricket player, and is due to play cricket this Saturday, and his team, Montgomery Cricket Club, need him home for this.”

James – from a family of generations of farmers – had been visiting the show with 15,000 members of the Young Farmers Club for its annual bash
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Louise added: “We’re grateful for the many volunteers who are helping to search for him, but we still can’t find him and need your help. Where is he?

“We love you James.”

Mr Corfield is described as 6ft 2in, of slim build, with short brown hair and he was last seen wearing a blue Abercrombie and Fitch shirt and jeans.

James Corfield’s mum said his disappearance was totally out of character
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Brecon mountain rescue pictured during the search for James Corfield
Wales News Service

Superintendent Huw Meredith, of Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “We are still appealing for anyone who might have seen him late on Monday evening or during the early hours of Tuesday morning. Please ring 101 with any information you might have.

“Volunteers are continuing to assist, and while we are grateful for their support, we would like to remind people not to undertake their own searches out of consideration for their own safety.”


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