Dutch police say that missing UK tourist Richard Cole (below) has been found drowned in an Amsterdam canal, a week after he mysteriously disappeared while visiting their city.
Cole, 30 of Gloucestershire England, was "an experienced traveler" and vanished during the predawn hours of January 25th.
He was last observed visiting various clubs in the Thorbeckeplein district of Amsterdam "with strangers."
Cole's brother went to the city earlier this week to head up the days-long search for him, but neither he nor the Dutch authorities could find any trace of the missing man.
Then on Monday divers entered the waters of the Herengracht canal where a cadaver dog had begun acting "restless" and discovered the body of an adult Caucasian male at the bottom.
A medical examiner has now formally identified that corpse as the missing 30-year-old UK tourist, Richard Cole, but his official cause and manner of death hasn't been declared yet.
That's because "it is still unclear how he ended up in the water," a Dutch police spokesman told reporters yesterday.
He also said his agency "will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Richard's death, and that Gloucestershire detectives "will be liaising with them in order to provide information to the coroner's office."
Cole's companions seen with him on the night he disappeared haven't been identified either, but his family "is in contact with the British Consulate" should anything turn up during questioning.
The Gloucestershire Police Department additionally reports that they've assigned Cole's relatives "a family liaison officer" while they continue to work with Dutch police on his suspicious missing-persons case and purported drowning.