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Witherspoon snapper feared dead
Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon has been nominated for an Oscar
Police in Los Angeles have discovered a body believed to be of a photographer charged with assault after taking actress Reese Witherspoon's picture.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles coroners' office said the body had yet to be formally identified.

Todd Kevin Wallace, 44, allegedly skipped bail after facing charges.

He was arrested in September after being allegedly aggressive when taking a picture of the star and her daughter, six, at a Disney theme park.

The photographer pleaded not guilty to the charges in October of last year.

Mr Wallace's last known appearance was on a television programme in December where he defended the role of celebrity photographers.

Mental suffering

The authorities believed he may have travelled to Central America, and was known for using aliases.

The death is not being treated as suspicious, while an official cause of death has yet to be declared.

Witherspoon, Oscar-nominated for her role in Walk The Line, was at the amusement park with friends for a birthday party for her daughter.

Mr Wallace allegedly became angry when they declined to be photographed, swearing at them.

Police said Mr Wallace got closer to the group - which included children - and scared them, reducing some to tears. He is also alleged to have struck a five-year-old child with his camera.

Mr Wallace faces four counts of battery, one count of false imprisonment and causing and permitting a child to suffer, and one count of inflicting unjustifiable mental suffering.

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