Body found during search for missing Jedburgh publican

Charles Bird.

Charles Bird.

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Police searching for missing Jedburgh publican Charlie Bird, confirmed late this afternoon that a body had been discovered.

The identity of the body found had not been confirmed by Police Scotland by the time The Southern Reporter went to press, but it was believed that the search for Mr Bird had been called off.

Mr Bird, 68, the landlord of the town’s ‘Canon’ pub, was last seen leaving his home in the town’s Exchange Street, for his work, on Tuesday morning. He was due to return at around 2.45pm later that day, but had failed to show up.

Police officers found his Mitsubishi L200 vehicle in a wooded area on the Denholm to Bedrule road at around 9.30pm on Tuesday evening.

However, Mr Bird, a well-known former rugby player with Jed-Forest, was not in the vehicle.

Speaking yesterday during the extensive search for Mr Bird, Inspector Tony Hodges said it was very out of character for Mr Bird to not return home after work or fail to contact his family, and people were becoming increasingly worried for his safety.

Meanwhile, another missing Jedburgh man, William Notley, was found safe this afternoon.

Mr Notley, 57, also from Exchange Street, had last been seen in Jedburgh on Saturday morning.