Police find body in search for missing walker
Last updated Oct 25, 2021
David McCartney went missing on Monday last week.

A body has been found in the search for a walker who went missing in North Yorkshire last week.

Experienced hiker David McCartney, 74, left to scout an eight-mile route on Monday last week but did not return home.

His car was found in Kettlewell and today North Yorkshire Police said a farmer had discovered a body in Coverhead, near Upper Nidderdale, late this morning.

Walkers in Upper Nidderdale has been urged to keep an eye out for Mr McCartney, whose disappearance prompted a large-scale search that involved the National Police Air Service helicopter, search dogs, volunteer mountain rescue teams and the RAF.

Although formal identification has not been confirmed at this stage, North Yorkshire Police said in a statement it believed the body to be that of Mr McCartney, who was from Cross Hills, near Keighley.

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A post mortem will be carried out to establish the cause of death. Officers believe there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

Police have informed Mr McCartney’s family.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said:

“Police were called last Monday when David McCartney did not return home from a lone walking expedition.

“In the following days there was an extensive search, involving police, the national police air support service, mountain rescue and the RAF.

“Police would like to thank members of the public for their assistance with sharing the appeals to find David.”