A SWADLINCOTE man has been found dead just days after being reported missing.
Police forces in Derbyshire, Scotland, Cumbria and Northumbria joined forces in a desperate bid to locate Steven Rowland.
A frantic search was launched by officers and his family after the 59-year-old was reported missing on Friday.
However, despite their best attempts, his body was found in Kershope Forest in Cumbria on Sunday afternoon.
A spokesman for Derbyshire Police told the Mail: “We can confirm the Swadlincote man, who was reported missing from his home in Swadlincote, has been found in Cumbria.
“Extensive searches by Northumbria Police and his family were carried out on Saturday and during the evening his van was found just over the border in Scotland.
“Police in Scotland, Northumbria and Cumbria, and his family, continued the search for Mr Rowland throughout the night and during Sunday.
“His body was found during Sunday afternoon in Kershope Forest in Cumbria.”
Concerns were initially raised after he went missing during the day on Friday.
He was last seen by his wife early that morning.
He left his wallet and mobile phone at home.
His wife told police that he had previously visited Kielder Forest in Northumbria and his van was later seen in the Darlington area on Friday, heading north.
Northumbria Police, working with local rangers, co-ordinated a search for Mr Rowland following the reports of the direction in which he was headed.
Mr Rowland was driving a white Citroen Berlingo van with ‘Sparkling Spas’ written on the side.