TRIBUTES have been paid to Luke Stephens after a body was found in woodland at Redbrook.
Although formal identification is yet to take place, Luke’s family have been informed of the police’s discovery on Thursday.
Luke, 20, went missing from his home in Redbrook in the Forest of Dean at 8am that morning.
Tracker dogs and the police helicopter were used in the search as well as members of the community. The body was later discovered in Forge Wood.
The circumstances of the death are not being treated as suspicious.
Manager Nick Hill, of The Bell Inn in Redbrook, said: “It is terrible news that a body has been found, it is shocking.
“Luke used to come into the pub from time to time, it is very sad news.”
A police spokesman said officers would like to thank all those who helped with the search for Luke.
Ward councillor Terry Hale said: “Luke used to be part of our youth council, he will be greatly missed. He was well known. My thoughts and sympathy goes out to the family.”
Tributes were also left on Facebook.
Sarah Morgan said: “Lost for words... Thoughts go out to all the family xxx.”
Beccy Browett said: “Very sad news. Condolences to family and loved ones.”
Siobhain Barnes said:“ Very sad RIP young man x.”