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“Anthony was the light of our lives. He brought so much joy and happiness to all who were fortunate enough to know him. What has happened is such a shock and has left us beyond devastated; words can’t even begin to describe how we feel at the moment.
“He was such a caring and loving boy who couldn’t do enough for other people, he always put others before himself.
“He was really proud of his daughter Lily and he was such a great dad - the fact that she is going to have to grow up without him in her life is a tragedy.
“As well as a dad, Anthony was a much loved son, brother, boyfriend and best friend and we can’t see how life will carry on without him; we all miss him so much.
“We would like to thank everyone for the lovely messages of support, love and prayers.
"We would also like to thank the police for their efforts, for finding Anthony and for the support they have offered us as we try to come to terms with what has happened.
“We would now ask for some privacy so that we can remember Anthony and come to terms with our loss.”
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Police searching for a young father who vanished more than a month ago say they have found a body they believe to be his.