Body confirmed to be Ben Manning’s

missing teenager Ben Manning
missing teenager Ben Manning

Police have confirmed that a body found in the River Calder near Thornes Lane Wharf is missing teenager Ben Manning.

Ben, aged 17, from Swillington, was reported missing on Saturday, January 22, after failing to return home after a night out in Wakefield.

A massive search for him was launched by West Yorkshire Police who were joined by Ben’s friends and family.

More than 22,000 thousand people joined a Facebook group called Find Ben Manning to show their support.