Police searching for missing boy (7) find body of child on construction site

The body discovered is believed to be that of Conley Thompson
The body discovered is believed to be that of Conley Thompson

Police searching for missing seven-year-old Conley Thompson, from Barnsley, have found the body of a child on a construction site, South Yorkshire Police said.

Officers had been searching the area for the seven-year-old boy who was last seen playing with his friends at Locke Park at around 6pm a mile away from the construction site.

He is believed to have left around two hours later and was due to return home to Underwood Avenue in Worsbrough, but never turned up. The youngster was reported missing a short time later, and police grew increasingly concerned about his whereabouts. 

There was a large police presence in the area this morning as officers searched the site. 

Police said the body was found at approximately 8.30am. Conley's family have been informed.

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 examination will take place in due course.

"Our thoughts remain with Conley's family and friends at this very difficult time."

Detectives looking for the schoolboy cordoned off the building site this morning, as dozens of police scoured the areas for clues as to his whereabouts.

It came as his school made a public appeal for information about his disappearance.

Nichola Thorpe, headteacher of Worsbrough Bank End Primary School, wrote on Facebook: "Dear families, can you help?

"Conley is missing since last night (Sunday) and the police are looking for him. We pray that he is safe and has stayed with friends.

"Please share and spread the word to get him home safe and well."

He was last seen wearing a blue checked shirt, red shoes, a black coat and brown trousers.

A police spokesman said: "Formal identification of the body is yet to take place; however, it is believed to be that of Conley."