Identity of body confirmed

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A body found by police near Jedburgh last Friday has been confirmed as that of missing Hawick man Bob Cantle.

The 45-year-old’s remains were discovered in outbuildings at Crailing after a missing person investigation lasting almost two weeks.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

Concerns had been escalating for the wellbeing of Mr Cantle, and police searching for him had put up posters and released closed-circuit TV footage of his last known movements in the hope of turning up clues as to his whereabouts.

He was last seen alive near his Howgate home at 6.08am on Sunday, July 24, driving off in his silver-grey Fiat Punto.

Searches had been carried out at properties in Hawick and Jedburgh linked to him.

, and the force helicopter was also used to try to track him down.

It was believed that Mr Cantle, a diabetic, travelled to Jedburgh on the Sunday morning he went missing.

Inspector Tony Hodges said last weekend: “Our inquiries lead us to believe that he has left Hawick and travelled to the Jedburgh area, but so far we have not located Robert or his vehicle.

“We are extremely concerned for his welfare due to the length of time he has now been missing for without any sightings, his apparent lack of medication and not having made any known contact with friends and family.”