By Clare Mccarthy For Mailonline
Published: 14:37 BST, 1 August 2020 | Updated: 18:04 BST, 1 August 2020
Police have found the body of a teenager during a search for a 15-year-old boy who was last seen on a lake near Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex.
Essex Police said the discovery was made shortly after 12.40pm on Saturday and that they have suspended their search.
Officers were called out on Friday night after witnesses reported a teenager had gone missing at Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock.
Police said the boy's family has been informed and formal identification will take place in due course.
Superintendent Craig Saunders said: 'I want to thank the local community for their patience, and all those involved who have helped with the investigation.'
Essex police rushed to the Alexandra Lake at the shopping centre at around 8.50pm on July 31 after reports the boy was missing.
Missing person last seen in Alexandra Lake in Essex at around 8.50pm yesterday was confirmed as a 15-year-old boy
Essex Police search the water and surrounding area for 13 year-old Alexander Lane who went missing yesterday evening near the Lakeside shopping centre at Grays in Essex