Body found in search for missing dad, 69, swept out to sea with family dog

Gareth went missing while out walking Connie (Image: SussexLive/BPM MEDIA)

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A body has been found in the search for a man who was swept out to sea along with his dog.

Police said they believe the body to be that of Gareth Jones, 69, who was reported missing on Saturday along with his brown cockapoo dog, Connie.

Sussex Police added that Gareth's dog was found dead on the beach in Brighton on Monday.

Earlier this week the force said that officers watched CCTV from the area and believed the footage showed Mr Jones and his dog, described by his family as his "best friend", being swept out into the water.

Gareth's dog, was found dead on the beach in Brighton
(Image: SussexLive/BPM MEDIA)

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Neither he nor his dog were found during extensive searches involving HM Coastguard and RNLI boats, and a rescue helicopter after his last sighting at a fishmonger near Hove, East Sussex at 1pm.

Today, Sussex Police announced the tragic news that officers had recovered a body from near the water’s edge at Tide Mills.

A member of the public had alerted police at 8.56am this morning to the body of a man on the beach near Seaford.

Police said they believed the body to be that of the missing 69-year-old who is from Hove.

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His family have been made aware and police said there are no suspicious circumstances, and the coroner’s office has been informed.

Gareth’s dog was also sadly found dead on the beach in Brighton on Monday, officers added.

His devastated daughter Rhian Jones had written on Facebook to say that the family had received "the worst news."

Speaking to Sussex Live earlier she said: "He said to my brother that he was going out to get the fish and walk the dog in time for the Brighton football game so that was kick-off around 3pm.

"So he was in good spirits he had the intention of going home and cooking the food he had bought and watching the football."