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Tragic end to search for missing NSW man


The body of an elderly man reported missing since Tuesday has been located in water off Sydney’s Manly Beach.

Richard Gottschald, 81, was last seen at his Reddall St home in Manly about 5pm on Tuesday.

Loved ones reported him missing after they were unable to contact or find the 81-year-old.

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A police search was launched including a public appeal for information as officers and family held serious concerns for his safety as he had a condition that required medication.

The search came to an end on Saturday when members of the public spotted a body in the water at Manly Beach.

Police officers at the scene. Credit: 7NEWS

Officers retrieved the body and on Sunday confirmed it has been identified as Gottschald.

“An investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death is underway,” a police spokesperson said.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Source: 7News