A man has been sadly found dead at a recycling plant on Christmas Eve has been named as Jay McLaren aged 28.
Mclaren of Hadleigh Road in Sunderland was found dead in Houghton at 9.40pm on Sunday 24th December.
Northumbria Police are now appealing for information about his last known movements.
Police confirmed that McLaren was reported missing by his family on Saturday 23rd December 2017 after he failed to return home following a night out in Sunderland.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “While it is believed there was no third party involvement, police are seeking information from the public to help trace Jay’s last movements.
“The last confirmed sighting of Jay is at 4.15am on Saturday, December 23, 2017 outside Arizona and Purple bar. From here, he is understood to have been taken to the recycling plant after entering a bin that was later collected in the early hours of Saturday 23rd December 2017.
“Jay’s family are being supported by specialist officers and wish to send a message to drinkers and partygoers to stay safe on a night out, particularly as New Year’s Eve approaches. They’re urging people to stay together and keep an eye out for friends.”
Anyone with any information can contact police on 101 quoting 1205 231217.