A MAN missing from home since Thursday morning has been found dead.

A major search operation was launched on Friday to try and find 70-year-old John Rayton, from Preston.

It was thought that Mr Rayton may have gone walking near Gisburn after feeding the ducks at Royal Preston Hospital.

A member of the public found Mr Rayton’s body at around 1.30pm today (Saturday) at Ingsend, in Seleron Lane, near Rimington.

Mountain Rescue teams had been searching the area for Mr Rayton, along with an RAF Sea King helicopter.

Mr Rayton’s family have been informed of the discovery.