Body of missing New Year’s Eve reveller found in river – Manchester police dismiss foul play

By Dean Wilkins

Officers in Stockport have identified the body of a man found in water in Bredbury as that of missing Michael Simpson.

Shortly before 2.30pm on Wednesday, specialist officers searching the River Goyt made the discovery near to the Pear Mill Industrial Estate.

Michael’s family has been informed.

Detective Inspector Julia Bowden from Stockport CID said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with Michael’s family at this devastating time after we have today identified him as the man found in water in Bredbury yesterday afternoon. Our officers are doing all they can to support Michael’s family.

“We do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding Michael’s death and a file will be submitted to the Coroner in due course.”

Michael, aged 22 and from Heaton Norris, was last seen at 2am on January 1, as he attended a New Year’s Eve party at a friend’s house on Stockport Road West in Bredbury.

Police confirmed that he had text his girlfriend saying he was lost, after leaving his friend’s party.

Michael’s girlfriend, Jennie Langley, 22, who was with Michael on the night he disappeared, said: “The past week has been incredibly hard for myself and all of Michael’s family and friends.

“For Michael to leave the party without telling either myself or his friends was completely out of character. He is always the one that looks after people when we’re out. Even if I’ve been out on my own, he waits up for me to get in to make sure I’m safe.”

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