Police identify remains washed up on Roker beach as missing man

Police have formally identified remains that washed up on Roker Beach earlier this year as belonging to a missing man.

Northumbria Police launched an investigation into the discoveries, and officers say they can now confirm the remains relate to Roy Johnson, 49, who was reported missing on January 20.

The force said Roy was last seen by staff at South Tyneside District Hospital on that day and was later sighted on CCTV in the Temple Park Road area of South Shields shortly before 11pm.

Police said the exact circumstances of how Roy died and ended up in the sea cannot be confirmed.

However, following a range of enquiries, officers can confirm they are not treating his death as suspicious, the force added.

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