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Missing teen found dead next to canal eight miles from home after solo bike ride

The body of a missing teenage boy has been found next to a canal eight miles from his home after going on a bike ride alone.

CCTV of the boy, Charlie Johnson, shows him on his bicycle after he vanished at the weekend.

The teenager from Solihull was last seen at about 7.15pm on Saturday but the West Midlands Police have since released a statement that a young man's body has been discovered.

It is understood that his death is not being treated as suspicious and his family have been told and are being supported by specially-trained officers, Birmingham Live reports.

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Police said a bike like Charlie’s was found and a stretch of a canal in Finwood, Warwickshire, is cordoned off as the investigation continues.

In a series of posts on Twitter, West Midlands Police said: "We’re sad to say that while we’ve been searching for missing teenager Charlie Johnson, we have found a young man’s body. Formal identification is yet to take place, but we believe it to be the 17-year old, from Solihull.

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"We’ve told his family who are devastated. Charlie went missing on 24 July and we’ve been searching for him ever since. There’s nothing at this time to suggest that his death is suspicious.

"The young man’s body was found by officers at 1.24 pm today (Wednesday 28 July). They were searching the area after someone found a bike like Charlie’s nearby.

"A stretch of the canal in Finwood in Warwickshire is cordoned off while our investigation continues.

"Thanks to everyone who called us with sightings of Charlie and his bike. Remember that the charity @samaritans is available 24/7 if you need to talk. Call 116 123 for free."

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