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'We'll miss him with all our hearts': Body found in river confirmed as James Corfield

By Sue Austin | Mid Wales | News | Published: | Last Updated:

James' parents pay tribute after the body found in a river was identified as the missing teenager.

James Corfield's body was found in a river in Builth Wells

A body found in the river in Builth Wells has been identified as the 19-year-old teenager James Corfield who disappeared a week ago.

James, from Montgomery, went missing while on a night out in Builth Wells, where he was attending the Royal Welsh Show.

In a touching tribute his devastated family said he had been to the show every year of his life. They revealed he had recently been named a Shropshire cricketer of the year.

His body was found in a deep pool in the River Wye by a search and rescue team on Sunday.

James was already a keen farmer as a 12-year-old

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman said: “We can confirm the body found in Builth Wells on Sunday, July 30 has been positively identified as 19-year-old James Corfield.”

In a tribute to their son, James' parents said: "James was very much a farming family guy - farming was his life, and he loved his animals with a passion.

"A visit to the Royal Welsh Show was a real highlight for him - and seeing the sheep and poultry judging was something he really looked forward to.

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"He went to the Royal Welsh Show every year throughout his life, and we have fond memories of taking him as a child, which we will always treasure.

"James was a keen cricketer and a gifted player, and played for Montgomery Cricket Club.

"He was recently awarded Shropshire Division 2 Cricketer of the Year, and the league's young player of the year in 2016, a massive achievement for someone his age and something he was incredibly proud of.

"We will miss James with all our hearts, and are utterly devastated. We are very grateful to all the volunteers who helped with the search, and for all the messages of support, but we ask now to be left in privacy."

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
Chief Reporter

Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.

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