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Body found in search for poet, Gboyega Odubanjo, who went missing at musical festival

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 31, 2023. 10:06 pm UPDATED: Aug 31, 2023. 10:06 pm

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Tragically, police investigating the disappearance of a poet from a festival discovered a body.

The 27-year-old Gboyega Odubanjo was scheduled to perform a reading on Sunday at the Shambala festival in Kelmarsh, Northamptonshire.

The alarm was raised when he failed to appear; Gboyega was last seen on Saturday morning around 4 a.m.

After conducting a “specialised search of the area,” Northampton Police confirmed the discovery of a body.

Despite the fact that formal identification has not yet happened, the family has been alerted to the tragic development.

The death is not thought to have been surrounded by any suspicious circumstances, according to the police.

Detective Chief Inspector Johnny Campbell said: “We would ask the public and the media not to contact the man’s family and to respect their privacy at this very trying time. Our thoughts are with the man’s family.

“We would like to thank everyone who helped with the search efforts, especially the volunteer Northamptonshire Search and Rescue members and the officers from other forces who supported our efforts and had specialized search training.

“We also want to express our gratitude to everyone who helped us with our investigation by speaking with police or providing information.

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“Northamptonshire Police officers will now create a file for the coroner,” was the statement.

Gboyega, a native of South London’s Bromley, is a PhD candidate at the University of Hertfordshire.

In addition to The Poetry Review, his writing has appeared in New Statesman. As the search for the writer went on, his family previously made a heartbreaking statement.

They declared: “Our family is incredibly grateful for Gboyega, who is a loving and caring son.

He exudes warmth and contagious energy, and his heart is full of kindness.

“We genuinely fear for Gboyega’s safety and wellbeing because we believe that his disappearance is completely out of character for him.”

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