WELL-WISHERS have made tributes after the search for a missing man was stood down after a body was found near Tollesbury Marina.

A man named only as Louie went missing from Maidenhead, Berkshire, last Friday and was seen boarding a train out of the area.

Thames Valley Police released a series of appeals asking for the public’s help to locate Louie, but the search was stood down on Tuesday afternoon after Essex Police found a man’s body near Tollesbury Marina.

Officers were called to concerns for a man in the village between Colchester and Maldon shortly after 2pm on Tuesday.

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The man was pronounced dead at the scene with the police describing his death as “unexpected and under investigation”.

Louie’s family has been informed, but formal identification has not yet taken place.

'A very good person'

Dozens of members of Louie’s local community have paid tribute to the 30-year-old after the tragic update.

Simon Robinson took to Facebook to say: “God bless you Louie, no more worries or pain. You leave behind a wonderful caring family, who will never forget you.”

Daniel Coomes wrote: “Such a lovely guy and had the pleasure of working with Louie for the last year. RIP Louie, you will be sadly missed. Thoughts are with your family and friends at this time."

Many have sent messages of support to his family after the heartbreaking news shared by Thames Valley Police on social media.

“Just so so sad,” said Sussan Kinsella. “Condolences to Louie’s family and friends. And thoughts with everyone who worked so hard to try to find him, and those who found him.”

Argün Ismet Pire said: “It's heartbreaking. RIP Louie. Such a great personality and very good person. We worked together a few years back… he was a very helpful person. It was great to know you my friend.”

“This is heartbreaking to lose such a lovely kind person who I called my friend,” added Heidi Goodwin.

The investigation into the man’s death is now being managed by Thames Valley Police. It is believed formal identification of the body is due to take place early next week.