Body found in search for Brit diplomat who disappeared on jog near home

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Police searching for British diplomat Richard Morris who disappeared near his home have discovered a body in Alice Holt Forest.

Formal identification of the body has not yet taken place, but the 52-year-old’s family have been notified.

Richard had not been seen since the morning of May 6 when he went jogging in his village of Bentley, near Farnham, Hampshire.

Mr Morris was the ambassador to Nepal between 2015 and November 2019 and accompanied Harry during his tour of the country in 2016.

Police said Mr Morris' death is now not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

His family are being supported by specialist officers, Hampshire Police confirmed.

In a statement, the force said: "Officers investigating the disappearance of Richard Morris from Bentley have today found a body in Alice Holt Forest.

"Formal identification has not yet taken place, but the 52-year-old’s family have been notified.

"They are being supported by specialist officers.

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

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Prior to being the ambassador to Nepal, he was head of the Pacific department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and has held senior diplomatic posts including in Australia and Mexico.

The Government website states: "He married Alison in 1992 and they have one daughter and two sons.

"In his spare time, he enjoys long-distance running, reading, travel, music and spending time with his family."

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