Family of missing dad told of body discovery

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dadCL'Matthew Hodgson missing man

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POLICE hunting for a Sheffield man missing from home for over a month have found a body close to his home.

Matthew Hodgson, aged 48, from Charnock, vanished on Wednesday, October 26.

A body was found in woodland on the edge of Sheffield and Derbyshire, close to his home in Charnock, on Thursday afternoon.

Although it has not yet been formally identified police have informed his heartbroken family of the discovery.

The search for Mr Hodgson has also been called off.

Det Insp Steve Ashmore, who had been leading the search, said: “Police were notified around 4pm on Thursday that the body of a man had been found in woodlands. It is believed there are no suspicious circumstances. Inquiries are continuing to confirm the man’s identity.”

HR professional Mr Hodgson’s two daughters - Olivia, 17, and Eleanor, 14, who live with their mum in Kiveton Park, Rotherham - had issued an appeal for him to get in touch.

They said they enjoyed the ‘holiday of a lifetime’ with their dad and his partner in Kenya over the summer.

Specialist police search teams were involved in the hunt for Mr Hodgson, which concentrated on fields, open land and water around his home.

He did not take his car, wallet or mobile phone with him when he vanished.

An inquest is expected to open next week.

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