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Boy, 17, is found dead near canal four days after going missing when he went on solo bike ride

Boy, 17, is found dead near canal four days after going missing when he went on solo bike ride

  • Charlie Johnson, 17, from Solihull, went missing at around 7.15pm on Saturday
  • The teenager had left his home to go on a bike ride by himself and did not return
  • A young man’s body, believed to be Charlie, was found on Wednesday afternoon
  • A stretch of the canal in Finwood, Warwickshire, has been cordoned off by police

Police found a body believed to be 17-year-old Charlie Johnson (above) in Finwood on Wednesday, four days after he went missing in Solihull

A teenager who went missing after going on a solo bike ride at the weekend has tragically been found dead, police confirmed today.

Charlie Johnson, 17, from Solihull, was last seen at around 7.15pm on Saturday when he went on a bike ride and didn’t return home.

Four days after his disappearance, a young man’s body, which is believed to be Charlie, was discovered at 1.24pm on Wednesday, Solihull police confirmed.

A stretch of the canal in Finwood, Warwickshire, has been cordoned off while police continue their investigations. 

Officers discovered the body while searching the area after a someone found a bicycle similar to Charlie’s nearby.

It is understood that his death is not currently being treated as suspicious and his devastated family have been told.

Police previously said that the teenager was classed as ‘vulnerable’ and, before his disappearance, he was known to travel to London and Oxford by train. 

In a series of Twitter posts on Wednesday, Solihull Police said: ‘We’re sad to say that while we’ve been searching for missing teenager Charlie Johnson, we have found a young man’s body. 

‘Formal identification is yet to take place, but we believe it to be the 17-year old, from Solihull.

Charlie, 17, was last seen at around 7.15pm on Saturday when he went on a bike ride (pictured) and didn't return home. It is understood his death is not being treated as suspicious

Charlie, 17, was last seen at around 7.15pm on Saturday when he went on a bike ride (pictured) and didn’t return home. It is understood his death is not being treated as suspicious

‘We’ve told his family who are devastated. Charlie went missing on 24 July and we’ve been searching for him ever since.

‘There’s nothing at this time to suggest that his death is suspicious.

‘The young man’s body was found by officers at 1.24 pm today (Wednesday 28 July). They were searching the area after someone found a bike like Charlie’s nearby. 

‘A stretch of the canal in Finwood in Warwickshire is cordoned off while our investigation continues. 

‘Thanks to everyone who called us with sightings of Charlie and his bike. Remember that the charity @samaritans is available 24/7 if you need to talk. Call 116 123 for free.’

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