Body found in search for award-winning screenwriter Nick Fisher

Police have discovered a body in their search for missing author and screenwriter Nick Fisher, who went missing near his home in west Dorset on Tuesday.

The 63-year-old, whose books include Sea Fishing – River Cottage Handbook, which was co-written by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, was last seen in his home village of Hooke on Tuesday.

On Thursday, police discovered a body in Dorchester after searching the area.

Body found in search for award-winning screenwriter Nick Fisher

According to a Dorset Police spokesman, the death is not being investigated.

Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall had previously posted on Twitter about his close friend: “I never thought I would be using social media for this, but my very dearest friend Nick Fisher, who some of you will know from his journalism and telly work, has gone missing.”

Death not being treated as suspicious

The police spokesman said: “Officers carrying out inquiries to locate a missing man from west Dorset have very sadly located a body.

“Nick Fisher, aged 63, was last seen in Hooke during the afternoon of Tuesday November 15.

“Following extensive inquiries and searches by officers, assisted by Dorset Search and Rescue (DorSAR), the body of a man was sadly located in Dorchester during the morning of Thursday November 17.

“While formal identification has not yet taken place, the body is believed to be that of Nick Fisher and his family has been informed.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and HM coroner has been notified.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Nick at this extremely difficult time.

“We would like to thank everyone who assisted with the searches, as well as the public for their help in providing information.”