The riverside path in Hereford remains cordoned off near Asda, with officers remaining on the scene since the body of a man was discovered in the River Wye on Saturday morning.

West Mercia Police, West Midlands Ambulance Service and Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service were all called to the River Wye in Hereford on Saturday morning to reports of a body in the water.

The body has been identified as 69-year-old Christopher Cooper from Hereford. According to witnesses, Christopher was seen near The Black Lion pub, Bridge Street at around 9pm on Friday evening (17 June), but his activities after this sighting are unclear. 

Christopher is believed to have been wearing a navy jumper, black jeans, black trainers and a baseball cap. He is described as 5’10” – 6’0” tall, of slim build, with short brown but greying hair.

Detective Chief Inspector Gerry Smith, leading the investigation, said: “The circumstances of Christopher’s death are extremely tragic. His family are receiving support from our specialist officers, and we hope that with the help of the public we can give them closure on this awful event.

“While we work to understand how Christopher came to be in the water we are treating his death as unexplained.

“I urge anyone with information, or who saw Christopher in between the hours of 9pm on Friday 17 June and 10am on Saturday morning to contact us via 101 quoting incident 220i of 18 June.”