Charley Gadd: body believed to be missing student found in Manchester canal

Officers have called off the search in the missing person investigation, following the discovery of a body believed to be 20-year-old Charley Gadd.

Police say they have called off a search for a student who went missing on a night out in Manchester after the discovery of a body.

An investigation was launched after Charley was reported missing on 11 December 2021, after he attended Warehouse Project with his parents.

Police and family members issued appeals for the whereabouts of Charley, who was from Sudbury in Suffolk and did not know the area well.

Charley Gadd went missing in Manchester after a night out Credit: GMP

However, just after 11.30am on Monday (10 January 2022), GMP officers were called to a report of a body found in Manchester Ship Canal.

Police said the body has not yet been formally identified, but it is thought to be Charley. There are believed to be no suspicious circumstances and a report is being prepared for HM Coroner.


His family are being supported by specialist officers at this difficult time, a force spokesman added.

What were the circumstances of Charley’s disappearance?

Charley was last spotted around 1.15am on Saturday 11 December 2021, outside the Royal Exchange Theatre, where he was heading towards St Annes Street in the city centre.

He had enjoyed a night out at the Warehouse Project with his father but his dad said Charley suddenly ‘ran off’ close to the Spar Store in St Mary’s Gate.

His dad Jolyon Gadd said they spent hours looking for him and reported him missing to the police after they failed to find him, sparking an extensive search to locate him.