Police believe body recovered from River Usk at Caerleon is missing Newport dad and South Wales Argus worker Ben Caplan

Body recovered from River Usk is missing Newport dad and South Wales Argus worker Ben Caplan

Body recovered from River Usk is missing Newport dad and South Wales Argus worker Ben Caplan

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GWENT Police say the man's body recovered from the River Usk in Caerleon yesterday is believed to be Newport dad and South Wales Argus worker Ben Caplan.

A spokesman for Gwent Police said formal identification had yet to take place, but Mr Caplan's family had been informed and are being supported by officers.

The 30-year-old was reported missing to police on Sunday December 8th.

The spokesman added: "Our condolences remain with Ben's family."

On December 8, Mr Caplan was reported missing by his wife Danielle after he failed to come home from a night out celebrating his 30th birthday with friends.

Mr Caplan, who worked in circulation at the South Wales Argus, lived in Bond Street, Newport, with his wife, seven-month old son Jude and five-year-old stepson Evan.

The last confirmed sighting of Mr Caplan was outside Bolero’s Bar in Caerleon on Saturday December 7 at 11pm.

Mrs Caplan said she texted him at about 11.20pm and got a jumbled bunch of letters back so thought he was just drunk. After that she tried ringing but there was no answer and his phone seemed to be switched off.

The search attracted huge support from the Newport community and further afield.

Mr Caplan’s picture was posted and shared hundreds of times on social network sites, with a Facebook appeal page getting more than 3,000 likes.

Police helicopters and a team from the Severn Area Rescue Association continued to scour the River Usk before a number of sightings led the search to Abergavenny, Cwmbran and Crickhowell. Residents and businesses joined a huge search effort.

Posters were downloaded from the South Wales Argus website and appeared all over Gwent, on Newport Transport buses, in the Civic Centre and at Rodney Parade. Posters were spotted as far away as Strensham service station in Worcestershire.

In the weeks that followed a number of sightings were reported, but none verified, as police continued to examine hours of CCTV footage. Volunteer search parties went out to Crickhowell and walked the cycle route from Caerleon to Newport on numerous occasions.

A Gwent Police spokesman added yesterday: “Mr Caplan’s family have been informed and are being supported at this time. Our condolences remain with them.”

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10:19am Fri 31 Jan 14

Ormygirl says...

RIP your family can at least have a little closure but not the outcome everyone wanted ;(
RIP your family can at least have a little closure but not the outcome everyone wanted ;( Ormygirl
  • Score: 38

10:24am Fri 31 Jan 14

JENKO1965 says...

R.I,P, fella
R.I,P, fella JENKO1965
  • Score: 16

10:32am Fri 31 Jan 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

A very sad day for all of us at the Argus. We have lost a dear friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with Danielle, the children and all of Ben's family and friends. We hope Ben is at peace.
A very sad day for all of us at the Argus. We have lost a dear friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with Danielle, the children and all of Ben's family and friends. We hope Ben is at peace. Kevin Ward - Editor
  • Score: 102

10:46am Fri 31 Jan 14

jo1968 says...

RIP Ben, so, so sad, was still hoping he would be found alive, my thoughts go to his wife and children xx
RIP Ben, so, so sad, was still hoping he would be found alive, my thoughts go to his wife and children xx jo1968
  • Score: 24

11:01am Fri 31 Jan 14

UpThePort66 says...

Sad news R.I.P
Sad news R.I.P UpThePort66
  • Score: 12

11:12am Fri 31 Jan 14

Mikey Bee says...

R.I.P. Ben. Will always remember the good times!
R.I.P. Ben. Will always remember the good times! Mikey Bee
  • Score: 16

11:39am Fri 31 Jan 14

ncfcr says...

Rest in peace mate. Hainesy.
Rest in peace mate. Hainesy. ncfcr
  • Score: 11

11:58am Fri 31 Jan 14

sperduti says...

Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
A very sad day for all of us at the Argus. We have lost a dear friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with Danielle, the children and all of Ben's family and friends. We hope Ben is at peace.
you speak for every one in newport mr ward , thinking of every one who knew him and his family. RIP.
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: A very sad day for all of us at the Argus. We have lost a dear friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with Danielle, the children and all of Ben's family and friends. We hope Ben is at peace.[/p][/quote]you speak for every one in newport mr ward , thinking of every one who knew him and his family. RIP. sperduti
  • Score: 28

1:32pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Floppy backed says...

Cant imagine the pain the family must be going through today and will for a very long time. I was shocked to read this but having his body back home will allow the family to grieve and in future allow their lives to move on.

Much love to the family x
Cant imagine the pain the family must be going through today and will for a very long time. I was shocked to read this but having his body back home will allow the family to grieve and in future allow their lives to move on. Much love to the family x Floppy backed
  • Score: 14

1:36pm Fri 31 Jan 14

19lynda59 says...

Oh so very sad news, RIP Ben too young to leave this world, condolences to Bens wife and family,
Oh so very sad news, RIP Ben too young to leave this world, condolences to Bens wife and family, 19lynda59
  • Score: 6

2:06pm Fri 31 Jan 14

endthelies says...

Thoughts and condolences to all Bens family and friends. xx
Thoughts and condolences to all Bens family and friends. xx endthelies
  • Score: 4

2:48pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Blouncy says...

Devastated by this News, What an amazing person Ben was. Would do anything for anyone. So sad. xxx
Devastated by this News, What an amazing person Ben was. Would do anything for anyone. So sad. xxx Blouncy
  • Score: 4

3:23pm Fri 31 Jan 14

CynicalAndJaded says...

Very sad news. Deepest sympathy to Ben's family, friends and colleagues.
Very sad news. Deepest sympathy to Ben's family, friends and colleagues. CynicalAndJaded
  • Score: 3

4:08pm Fri 31 Jan 14

County Snakeman says...

Oh Ben, how could this have happened? May you rest in peace. All thoughts and prayers to your family, especially your little ones.
Oh Ben, how could this have happened? May you rest in peace. All thoughts and prayers to your family, especially your little ones. County Snakeman
  • Score: 4

4:34pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Voice_of_reason_#1 says...

Condolences to the family!! What a fine young gentleman taken from us too early!!! Rip Ben you are missed so much!!x
Condolences to the family!! What a fine young gentleman taken from us too early!!! Rip Ben you are missed so much!!x Voice_of_reason_#1
  • Score: 1

4:49pm Fri 31 Jan 14

carol sw says...

our hearts go out to al that help to find ben ,such a sad lost , my deepest sympathy to Ben's family, friends and colleagues. R.I.P BEN
our hearts go out to al that help to find ben ,such a sad lost , my deepest sympathy to Ben's family, friends and colleagues. R.I.P BEN carol sw
  • Score: 3

5:24pm Fri 31 Jan 14

lee neale says...

NO.NO,NO!!
NO.NO,NO!! lee neale
  • Score: 1

6:42pm Fri 31 Jan 14

sooty001 says...

RIP Ben, condolences to all the family.
RIP Ben, condolences to all the family. sooty001
  • Score: 1

8:29pm Fri 31 Jan 14

gege1985 says...

Such sad news - My condolences go out to Bens friends and family at such a hard time :( RIP Ben - Fly High with the angels
Such sad news - My condolences go out to Bens friends and family at such a hard time :( RIP Ben - Fly High with the angels gege1985
  • Score: 1

8:32pm Fri 31 Jan 14

BigAng says...

Sad sad news. So sorry
Sad sad news. So sorry BigAng
  • Score: 1

11:27pm Sat 1 Feb 14

del price says...

sperduti wrote:
Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
A very sad day for all of us at the Argus. We have lost a dear friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with Danielle, the children and all of Ben's family and friends. We hope Ben is at peace.
you speak for every one in newport mr ward , thinking of every one who knew him and his family. RIP.
SO SAD ABOUT THE DEATH OF BEN ALWAYS THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE A GOOD OUTCOME SYMPATHY TO HIS FAMILY WHAT A TRAGEDY
[quote][p][bold]sperduti[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: A very sad day for all of us at the Argus. We have lost a dear friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with Danielle, the children and all of Ben's family and friends. We hope Ben is at peace.[/p][/quote]you speak for every one in newport mr ward , thinking of every one who knew him and his family. RIP.[/p][/quote]SO SAD ABOUT THE DEATH OF BEN ALWAYS THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE A GOOD OUTCOME SYMPATHY TO HIS FAMILY WHAT A TRAGEDY del price
  • Score: 1

11:29pm Sat 1 Feb 14

del price says...

SUCH ASAD OUTCOME ALWAYS THOUGHT HE WOULD TURN UP HOPE YOUARE AT PEACE BEN SYMPATHY TO FAMILY GOD BLESS
SUCH ASAD OUTCOME ALWAYS THOUGHT HE WOULD TURN UP HOPE YOUARE AT PEACE BEN SYMPATHY TO FAMILY GOD BLESS del price
  • Score: 0

9:12am Sun 2 Feb 14

caplanwr says...

To all who have posted, many thanks for your kind thoughts and messages of condolances.

Bill Caplan (Dad)
To all who have posted, many thanks for your kind thoughts and messages of condolances. Bill Caplan (Dad) caplanwr
  • Score: 6

3:14pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Templar05 says...

RIP Ben . I have been following the Argus on the news of your disappearance and now I have to read the news I didn't want to see . My heartfelt condolences to Ben and his family , from Canada .
RIP Ben . I have been following the Argus on the news of your disappearance and now I have to read the news I didn't want to see . My heartfelt condolences to Ben and his family , from Canada . Templar05
  • Score: 2

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