Search finds body outside Denholm

Charles Bird.
Charles Bird.

Police have confirmed the body of well-known former farmer and rugby player Charlie Bird was discovered following an extensive search around Denholm and Bedrule.

A Sea King helicopter was scrambled from RAF Bulmer in Northumberland on Tuesday night after the 68-year old had failed to return to his Jedburgh home. Secenteen members of the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team also joined the search.

With the assistance of the search team and the helicopter, police officers found his Mitsubushi L200 vehicle, and also his dog, in a wooded area on the Denholm to Bedrule road at around 9.30pm on Tuesday. But they said Mr Bird was not in the vehicle.

It was confirmed late on Wednesday afternoon that officers had discovered a body.

A police spokesperson said: “Police in the Borders have recovered a body in connection with their enquiries to trace Charles Bird. The discovery was made at around 1:40pm today (Wednesday) in the Bedrule area. The next of kin have been informed.”

The former Jed-Forest rugby player and landlord of the Canon pub in Jedburgh, was expected back at his house in the town’s Exchange Street at 2.45pm but had failed to show up.

Mr Bird was a keen 
racehorse owner and a father-of-four.

The Jed-Forest RFC website stated: “We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely death of club legend Charlie Bird.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family.”