A MAN who disappeared after being chased by the police has been found dead in a Sheffield canal.
Wayne Hamilton, aged 24, of Albert Road, Heeley, was reported missing by his worried family when a friend rang a relative to say the last time he had seen Wayne he was running off with police officers chasing him.
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The friend told the family he had been stopped by police officers in the early hours of last Thursday while he was driving through Attercliffe with Wayne in the car, and that Wayne had run off.
A body was pulled from the canal in Attercliffe on Tuesday, which Wayne's sister Natalie confirmed was that of her brother. She said her family was trying to come to terms with the tragedy.
South Yorkshire Police today confirmed the body had been formally identified as Wayne.
Because police officers were among the last to see Wayne the Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed of the death and an investigation is now underway.
A spokesman said: "It is the very early stages. The IPCC has commenced an independent investigation after the body of a man who was reported missing after being chased on foot by police officers was found in a canal."
In a bid to trace Wayne when he failed to return home his mum, Bev Hamilton Brown, issued an appeal in The Star urging readers to come forward with information on his whereabouts.
She said his disappearance was "totally out of character" and that his family were "going out of their minds with worry".
"There is a river near where he went missing, we are thinking he has had an accident and maybe drowned or was taken by the current," she said at the time.
Floral tributes have been left on the towpath running alongside the canal.
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