A MAN reported missing last week has been found dead.

Rocky Price, 54, from Accrington, had been the subject of a high-risk missing person search by Lancashire Police after he was last seen at 5.30pm on Thursday.

An intensive operation using a specially trained officers, tactical aid units and Accrington detectives had appealed to the public to help find Mr Price.

He was last spotted in Whinney Hill Road after leaving home in his white Mercedes Sprinter van.

Police had said they were ‘extremely worried’ for Mr Price as he had been ‘suffering from personal problems’.

Mr Price, from the travelling community, was found dead in his van around midday on Saturday.

He was discovered in a secluded area by a disused power station off a small track close to Marshall Avenue, Huncoat.

Investigations are ongoing, but police are not treating his death as suspicious.

Inspector Mick Johnson said: “At the moment we don’t believe there are any suspicious circumstances relating to his death.

“Specially trained officers are dealing with the family. The matter will be forwarded to the coroner for a formal inquest.”

The search throughout Thursday, Friday and Saturday was assisted by around 18 members of the Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Team.

Team leader Andy Simpson said that police had managed to narrow the search area by tracing Mr Price’s mobile phone to within a 6km distance.

Mountain rescue crews searched wooded areas while the force helicopter scoured open land.

Dozens of Mr Price’s family and friends - including his ex-wife and children - joined in the search of residential estates.