THE body of a man pulled from the River Thames in Reading is believed to that of an elderly man who went missing last week.

Thames Valley Police were called to George Street, Reading at around 9.10am on January 7, where they retrieved the body of a man.

The recovered body is understood to be Roy Robins, 81, who was last seen on Rose Street in Wokingham at around midnight on January 4.

No formal identification has been made but the police are confident that it was Mr Robins who was recovered from the river.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: "Although formal identification has not yet taken place, sadly officers believe that the body is that of Roy Robins, aged 81, who was missing from Wokingham.

"The death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

"His next of kin has been informed and a file will be prepared for the coroner."

Police believe that Mr Robins may have visited Wokingham medical centre, the Royal Berkshire Hospital or other areas in Wokingham town centre after going missing.

He was thought to be wearing a heavy fleeced blue jacket, is 5ft 8ins and often wears glasses.

If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

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