Body found on beach in search for missing WWE star Shad Gaspard

Officials have announced that a body has been found in the area of Venice Beach, Los Angeles, where WWE star Shad Gaspard went missing on Sunday.

There has been no confirmation of the identity of the body.

Gaspard, who teamed with partner JTG as a member of WWE tag team Cryme Tyme, was caught up in strong rip currents when he went swimming on Sunday near the 4200 block of the South Ocean Front Walk.

A 10-year-old boy, believed to be Gaspard's son, was rescued by lifeguards, but Gaspard has been missing since the incident.

On Tuesday the US Coast Guard and LAPD announced that they had abandoned their search for the wrestler "after 16.5 hours of searching with multiple rescue assets covering 70 square nautical miles and seven search patterns."

On Wednesday morning Gaspard's wife, Siliana, made a statement about the missing star, saying: "We would like to express our gratitude to the first responders who rescued Aryeh and to the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments for their continued efforts to help find our beloved Shad.

"Shad is a fighter, a warrior and a magical soul. We are hoping and praying for his safe return.

"As a family we thank you all for your concern and well wishes. Please continue to keep sending your positivity and prayers to our beloved Shad."

Siliana and her family have been distributing missing posters and circulating social media posts in an effort to find Gaspard.

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