Officers searching for missing 7-year-old Conley Thompson have this morning (Monday, 27 July) found the body of a child on a construction site on Bank End Road in the Worsbrough area of Barnsley.
The body was found at approximately 8.30am. Formal identification of the body is yet to take place, however it is believed to be that of Conley.
His family have been informed and they are being supported by specialist officers.
Detective Inspector Victoria Short leading the investigation said: “We deployed our full resources with officers searching throughout the night to find Conley and we are deeply saddened by this tragic development.
“While it is early in the investigation, the death is being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem will take place in due course.
“Our thoughts remain with Conley’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”