Body found is that of missing Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor
Richard Taylor

Police have confirmed that the body found in woodlands recently was that of missing man Richard Taylor.

At around 3.25pm on Sunday, October 29, a member of the public found a man’s body in woodland near the Mushroom Farm in Thorpe Willoughby near Selby.

Formal identification has now taken place.

The 30-year-old’s parents reported him missing at 6pm on Thursday, October 12, after he failed to return after leaving his South Milford home address at 11.45am to go on an errand to repair a tyre in the Knottingley area.

The vehicle he was driving, a distinctive gold-coloured Ford Ranger Wildcat pick-up truck, registration number SN67 ZRL, was found parked in a lay-by on Gateforth New Road, near Selby Golf Club, at around 8pm two days later.

It was left unattended and insecure but the keys were inside the vehicle.

Richard was very close to his family and they said it was out of character for him not to return home or have any contact with them via phone or text message.

He was also a prolific user of Facebook, but his account was inactive during the time he was missing.

His family put appeals out across social media in the hope of information and there were several possible sightings.

Officers have thanked all who assisted with the search, members of the public who provided information, and everyone who helped to publicise the appeal for information.