A body recovered from Durham City yesterday is believed to be that of missing Robert Porter.
Police were alerted to the body after calls from members of the public near yo Framwellgate Bridge Durham City at around 3 pm yesterday.
78 year old Mr Porter from Spennymoor was reported missing in the early hours of yesterday by staff at the supported living facility where he resided.
A post-mortem examination will be carried out later on today and a formal identification will follow.
Police are treating the death as non-suspicious.