A body discovered in a river has been identified as a farmer who disappeared from his home seven months ago.
The body of William ’Bill’ Taylor was found in the River Hiz in the village of Charlton, Hertfordshire on Sunday, January 10 by a member of the public.
Mr Taylor, 69, was last seen seven months ago at his home in Gosmore at around 9pm - eight days before his 70th birthday on June 11.
He was reported missing the next day.
Mr Taylor’s family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
Extensive enquiries have been carried out at the scene by officers from the Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Major Crime Unit.
Three people, one of them his ex-wife, have appeared in court in connection with his disappearance.
Angela Taylor, aged 52, of Charlton Road, Hitchin and Paul Cannon, aged 53, of Pirton Road, Hitchin, are both charged with arson, murder and conspiracy to murder.
They are due to appear at St Albans Crown Court on April 8.
Gwyn Griffiths, aged 59, of Lucy Avenue, Folkestone, Kent, has been charged with conspiracy to murder and assisting offenders. He is due to appear at St Albans Crown Court on March 4.