An inquest has been opened into the death of a Portland teenager who was sadly found dead after going missing.

Budmouth College sixth former Samuel White, 16, sparked a huge search after he went missing from his home in Southwell on Sunday, January 7.

Tragically, Samuel was found dead on Wednesday, January 10.

Dorset Coroners Court heard that Samuel Lewis White had been born in Dorchester in January 2001 and lived on the island with his family.

Addressing the short hearing, Coroner’s officer Ken McEwan said: “Police were called by the family of 16-year-old Samuel White who had gone missing from his home address.

“On the afternoon of January 10 a member of HM Coastguard located a body at the foot of the cliffs, approximately 10 feet beyond the nearest approachable ledge. Police said there was no indication of any third party involvement.”

Coroner Rachel Griffin said the provisional cause of death was multiple injuries, with a toxicological report still to come.

She also ordered reports from any doctors or mental health professions Samuel might have been in contact with.

The inquest was adjourned until Thursday, August 30.