Manchester Police have confirmed that a body found in the Manchester Ship Canal this morning is that of Christopher Brahney, missing since Friday June 29.
According to the Manchester Evening News, police were called to the canal in Salford Quays at 9.30 a.m. this morning, after a body was discovered.
Earlier in the day, speculation was rife that it was the body of the 22-year-old Stone Roses fan, but police said that enquiries were still being undertaken.
However, within the last half-hour, confirmation that it was Chris was released by police: "[We] can confirm that the body found in a canal in Salford this morning is that of missing 22-year-old Christopher Brahney."
A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out on Tuesday.
Chris, who is from Timperley, Greater Manchester, disappeared on Friday, 29 June, after a Stone Roses concert in Manchester. He became separated from his group of friends after setting off to look for his lost mobile phone.
As part of the search to find him, a Facebook page was set up by friends, which as of Saturday had attracted over 100,000 people (now over 120,000).
Hundreds of people also attended a rally at Manchester's Picadilly Gardens on Thursday, at which Chris's father, Stuart, gave an impassioned address.
The following statement has been posted on the "Help Find Chris Brahney" Facebook page: "It is with great sadness that on behalf of the Brahney family I am writing to you all. [...] The family would like to thank everyone for all the kind words, thoughts and prayers that you have sent our way. Thank you for all the support, it has given them immense strength and courage."