A body has been found in the search for missing man David Newby, his niece has confirmed.

In a post on Facebook, his niece Claire Newby said, after a week of searching, her uncle had been found, but sadly not alive. 

He had not been seen since Friday, November 10, and police launched an appeal to find him last Wednesday, November 15.

In a post in Facebook post Claire asked that the family are given space to deal with the tragic news.

She said: “It is with great sadness I write this update. Unfortunately Dave was found yesterday. We are asking people to give the family space to deal with the tragic news.”

Members of the public had joined family and friends in scouring the countryside in the past week

Police halted the public search on Saturday to allow sniffer dogs to try to pick up his scent. 

Yesterday (Sunday) a body was found, believed to be in the Polurrian area. 

David was last seen in Penzance in the afternoon on Friday, November 10.

Since he went missing searches have been taking place involving the family, police, members of the public and coastguard rescue teams.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "The body of a man has been located at Mullion on Sunday 19 November.

"His death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

"Formal identification is due to take place.

"The family of David Newby, 72, from Penzance, who was reported missing on Wednesday 15 November, have been made aware."