THE family of a man who was found dead near Tollesbury Marina have paid a heart-breaking tribute to their “warm and friendly” son.

Louie Mussenden, 30, of Maidenhead, Berkshire, went missing on November 24.

His body was sadly found by Essex Police officers in the Woodrolfe Road area of Tollesbury four days later.

His family said in a statement: “We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for our amazing son Louie.

“Warm, friendly and quick-witted, with an infectious smile and a wonderfully wry sense of humour, Louie was liked and loved by all who knew him.

Gazette: Tribute - Louie Mussenden, whose body was found in Tollesbury last weekTribute - Louie Mussenden, whose body was found in Tollesbury last week (Image: Thames Valley Police handout)

“Louie gained a master’s degree in civil engineering and combined his academic ability with athleticism, strength and stamina, and was a black belt kickboxer.

“His adventurous spirit led him to a six-month solo trip across South America where he climbed to the peak of the Andes.

“It is tragic to have lost Louie at age 30 just as he was building his career with great colleagues at BMW Sytner Maidenhead.

“We would like to thank Thames Valley Police for all the support they have given us during this most difficult of times.

“Rest in peace Louie, we will forever miss you.”

Dozens of members of Mr Mussenden’s local community paid tribute to the 30-year-old after Thames Valley Police confirmed it had stood down its search for him.

Colleague Daniel Coomes said: “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.”

The police had released a series of appeals asking for the public’s help to find Mr Mussenden after his disappearance.

Police officers were called to Tollesbury just after 2pm last Tuesday.

Essex Police described the death as “unexpected and under investigation” before handing inquiries over to Thames Valley Police.

Mr Mussenden’s friend Heidi Goodwin took to social media to say: “This is heart-breaking to lose such a lovely kind person, who I called my friend.”