Officers in Old Trafford have identified the body of a man found in water in the Bridgewater Canal as that of missing Souvik Pal.
At around 2pm on Tuesday 2 January 2013 specialist officers made the discovery in the Bridgewater Canal near Old Trafford football stadium.
Souvik’s family has been informed and specially trained officers are in regular contact with them.
The post mortem is due to take place later this evening, there will be an update tomorrow.
Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with Souvik’s family at this devastating time and our officers are doing all they can to support them.
“We do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding Souvik’s death and a file will be submitted to the Coroner in due course.”
Souvik, aged 18 was reported missing by a flatmate at about 5.30am on Tuesday 1 January 2013. He was last seen at the Warehouse Project, Trafford Wharf Road, at about 11pm on Monday 31 December 2012.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4223 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“I have spoken to Mr Pal and we are all aware of these developments. The last 22 days have been so difficult for him.
I want to thank the Police for their continued hard work on this case. Everyone has done so much.
We now await further developments.”