Villagers at South Harting have been shocked by the sudden death of a 73-year-old neighbour whose body was found in the River Rother at Midhurst.
The man, who has been named locally as Terry West, was reported missing after earlier giving a friend a lift to Riverbank Medical Centre at Easebourne.
Mr West told the friend he would wait in the car for him, but when the man returned, it was locked and there was no sign of him.
The police were alerted and a search was carried out involving the force helicopter, officers on the ground and a specialist search unit including divers who recovered the body from the river.
The coroner’s officer has been informed and is working with police officers to establish the circumstances surrounding the death.