Remains of missing Liam Graham found at sea, police say

Liam Graham
Image caption,The remains of Liam Graham were found in the North Sea, Kent Police have confirmed

The remains of a British man who went missing in Kent almost four months ago were found in the North Sea, police have confirmed.

The disappearance of Liam Graham, 22, from Lower Stoke, on 22 July, prompted extensive searches.

Last week, Kent Police said it was contacted by authorities in the Netherlands after his remains were found.

Dutch authorities have since confirmed they were found in the North Sea.

Det Insp Paul Fewtrell said: “We are continuing to work with the authorities in Rotterdam, the British Consulate at The Hague and the coroner’s office, to fully understand the circumstances and to make arrangements for repatriation back to the UK.

“The family is being supported and kept fully updated by specialist officers from Kent Police.”

Police search for Liam Graham
Image caption,Police searches took place in the area where Mr Graham disappeared

A statement released by his family said the money raised through a fundraising page set up to provide a reward for information will now be used to “bring our Liam home and give him the most beautiful send-off that he deserves”.

“We cannot put into words the utter heartache that as a family we are going through daily, following the devastating news of our Liam’s passing,” the statement said.

“Liam was the kindest, most caring and loving young man, who was loved very much in return. We will miss you very much.”

Mr Graham was last seen just before 00:10 BST on Stoke Road, between Lower Stoke and Hoo, Kent.

His family believe he walked off after suffering a head injury in a car crash with friends.

At the time, officers spent 10 days searching two miles of the Hoo Peninsula, using drones, sniffer dogs, a helicopter and the force’s search and marine unit.

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