COPS searching for a missing Brit diplomat have found a body in Hampshire woodland.

Married dad-of-three Richard Morris disappeared in May.

 British diplomat Richard Morris, 52, is missing and has not been seen since last Wednesday
Mr Morris vanished in May. Image: Gov
 Mr Morris hosted Prince Harry during a tour of Nepal in 2016
Mr Morris hosted Prince Harry during a tour of Nepal in 2016. Image: Getty

The 52-year-old once hosted Prince Harry when the royal visited Nepal.

Mr Morris vanished after going for a run in his home village of Bentley, near Farnham, Surrey.

Today, a body was found in woodland just over two-and-a-half miles away.

Police say Mr Morris’ family have been told.

A spokesperson from Hampshire Police said today: “Officers investigating the disappearance of Richard Morris from Bentley have today found a body in Alice Holt Forest.

“Formal identification has not yet taken place, but the 52-year-old’s family have been notified. They are being supported by specialist officers.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

Mr Morris was the ambassador to Nepal between 2015 and November 2019.

He accompanied Harry during his tour of the country in 2016

He was due to take on a new role as the British High Commissioner to the Republic of Fiji in July this year.

The dad, who is originally from Worcestershire, was last seen wearing a blue long-sleeved top with a half zip, black shorts and blue trainers.

When he went missing, police asked residents in the area to check their sheds, outbuildings and gardens, as well as any CCTV.

Officers were joined by search and rescue teams and helicopter crew during an extensive search.

Mr Morris entered the FCO via an open competition in 1990.

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In 2016, he was pictured with Prince Harry in Nepal.

He had also worked as head of the Pacific department at the FCO, consul general in Sydney, and director general of trade and investment in Australasia.

Officials at the FCO said Mr Morris is a “much-valued and well-liked colleague”.


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