Police confirm body recovered from Bolton river is missing man Craig Hodkinson

Such devastating news.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 18th September 2023

A body recovered from a river in Bolton has been identified as that of missing man Craig Hodkinson, police have confirmed.

The 33-year-old was last seen on Churchgate in Bolton town centre at around 5am on Wednesday 13 September 2023, and was subsequently reported as missing – with an investigation into his whereabouts launched by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) shortly after.

A number of police appeals to help find Craig were shared following his disappearance.

However, at around around 4:40pm yesterday afternoon (Sunday 17 September 2023), officers investigating Craig’s disappearance sadly found and recovered the body of a man in the River Croal in Bolton.

Formal identification of the body has now taken place, a GMP spokesperson has revealed, and it has been confirmed to be that of Mr Hodkinson.


His next of kin have now been informed, GMP has confirmed.

Speaking on the recovery of the body and the subsequent formal identification, Detective Inspector Lee Gridley, from GMP’s Bolton district, said the thoughts of everyone at Greater Manchester Police are “with Mr Hodkinson’s loved ones at this very difficult time”.


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He also extended thanks to members of the public who “helped with our investigation” by sharing the force’s several online appeals over the past couple of days.

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