SOMERSET NEWS: Body found is thought to be missing Dean Tate

SOMERSET NEWS: Body found is thought to be missing Dean Tate

POLICE believe that the body of a man found on Stert Island off Burnham-on-Sea is that of missing person Dean Tate.

It was at 12.20pm on Saturday (April 21, 2018) when police were alerted to the discovery of a body by a member of the public.

Officers have since recovered the body with the help of Her Majesty’s Coastguard and BARB Search & Rescue.

While it is too early for any formal identification, police believe it to be missing man Dean Tate.

Detective Inspector Richard Horsfall said: “We’ve informed Dean’s partner and family of the discovery and are providing them with support.

“This is not the outcome anyone wanted and our thoughts are with them during what is clearly a difficult time.

“The search for Dean lasted several weeks and I’d like to personally thank our partners and the communities of Burnham-on-Sea and Highbride for their assistance during this time.

“While the community spirit shown has been warmly welcomed, I’d now ask Dean’s loved ones are given the privacy they need.”

The 40-year-old Mr Tate was last seen in the TA8 Bistro on Pier Street, Burnham-on-Sea, in the early hours of Saturday, February 24, 2018.