The body found in Helensburgh in the search for a missing man has been formally identified as Joshua Gayton.

As previously reported, Joshua was reported missing on April 16 at a petrol station in the town.

The body of a man was found in the water off Helensburgh at around 6.20pm on Sunday, April 21.

They have now confirmed that it has been formally identified as Joshua, who was a marine engineer in the Royal Navy.

READ MORE: Body found in search of Helensburgh for missing man Josh Gayton

Chief Inspector Allan Dickson said: “Our thoughts remain with Josh’s family at what is a very difficult time for them and they have asked for privacy.

“We would like to thank everyone who responded to our appeal and to partner agencies who helped search for Josh after he was reported missing, including assistance from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines and Ministry of Defence Police.”

READ MORE: Fundraiser launched to help family of Joshua Gayton after death

Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe appeal to help Joshua's family with funeral expenses.

It has since surpassed £10,000 worth of donations in just two days after an initial target of £2,500 was set.

The founder of the appeal, Jayne Buggin, said: "This is something that I didn't think I would be writing but the money we are funding for is a funeral.

"Let's help Katie, his sister and family bring him home and give him the best that he deserves."

To donate towards the fundraiser search Joshua Gayton on GoFundMe.