Update in search for missing teenage boy in the Portland area

Oscar Montgomery
Oscar Montgomery

A body has been found during the searches for a missing Birmingham teenager, who was last seen snorkeling in Church Ope Cove, Portland.

17-year-old Oscar Montgomery was reported missing at 7:37 pm on 27th May, after he didn’t return from snorkeling off the coast of Portland.

Following searches by multiple agencies, including Dorset Police, the coastguard, RNLI, navy and other agencies, a report came through to Dorset Police of a body floating in the water, at 8am today (17th June).Dorset Police, coastguard and the RNLI recovered the body.

While the body hasn’t been formally identified, it is believed to be Oscar Montgomery. His family has been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

The speculated cause for Oscar’s death is drowning, from which the body would have sunk into the sea, before resurfacing weeks later.

The death isn’t being treated as suspicious.

Our thoughts are with Oscar’s family and loved ones at what must be a tremendously difficult time for them and we will support them in any way we can.

I would like to thank all those who shared our appeal and everyone involved in the search efforts

Chief Inspector Neil Wood, Dorset Police
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