Body found in search for missing Corstorphine priest

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A body has been discovered in the search for a missing priest from Edinburgh.

Father Martin Xavier Vazhachira was last seen in St John The Baptist RC Church in Corstorphine at around 1pm on Tuesday.

Father Vazhachira is attached to St John The Baptist RC Church in Corstorphine. Picture: Google Maps

Father Vazhachira is attached to St John The Baptist RC Church in Corstorphine. Picture: Google Maps

The alarm was raised by parishioners after the 33-year-old did not turn up for mass on Wednesday morning.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland can confirm that a body has been recovered from the West Barns area in East Lothian.

“The discovery was reported to police around 4pm on Friday.

“The family of Father Martin Xavier Vazhachira has been informed of this development.”

Archbishop Leo Cushley will be at the church on Saturday and Sunday to offer mass and support parishioners.