A BODY of a man found in the River Mersey has been confirmed as missing 76-year-old Thomas Cook.

Emergency services were called at around 10am to Beechwood Road South near Otterspool on Thursday, October 10 following reports a body had been seen in the water.

Police officers, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Coastguard and North West Ambulance Service all attended and the man was pulled from the water.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

There is nothing to suggest there is anything suspicious surrounding his death.

A file has now been referred to the coroner.

Merseyside Police confirmed on Friday, October 11 that the body was that of missing pensioner Thomas Cook.

It is believed Mr Cook had been reported missing from New Brighton on his way back to Kensington on Monday, October 7.

A joint operation between Cheshire Police, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, HM Coastguard and other emergency services was launched along the River Mersey in Elton on Tuesday, October 8 as part of the search for Mr Cook, who suffered from dementia.

His next of kin have been informed.