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The body of a man found floating in Fraserburgh Harbour on Sunday, March 11, is still to be identified, Grampian Police said last week.

A police spokesperson told the Fraserburgh Herald that he could confirm that the body found in the Balaclava Basin had not yet been identified.

There had been early suggestions that the body found may have been that of 51-year-old Viktors Asitkovs, who had went missing since being last seen on the evening of Saturday, January 28.

The fisherman had failed to turn up to work on the trawler ‘Willing Lad’, which had berthed at Fraserburgh.

Police had searched the area around the trawler following Mr Asitkovs’ disappearance, and had appealed for information from people who may have seen the Latvian-born man at the time of hjis disappearance, who was wearing a black leather jacket, jeans and a black T-shirt.

Fraserburgh’s Lifeboat Crew had helped recovered the body the unnamed male following it’s discovery, which was brought ashore at around 2pm on Sunday afternoon.

At the time, Victor Sutherland, Lifeboat Coxswain, had said that he hoped the discovery of the body would bring closure to a family, praising the crew for their efforts in recovering the male from the Balaclava Basin.

Meanwhile, local Inspector John Esson said at the time of the body’s discovery: “There is an ongoing investigation into the body found at the harbour and identification is yet to be made.

“It may take a little longer to identify the male as we are not able to physically identify the body and therefore have to wait for DNA identification.

“We are looking into the possibility that it could be the body of a local missing man but we are unable to confirm anything until the DNA identification,” Inspector Esson added.