The family of a Teesside student, whose body was recovered from Windermere, has issued a statement thanking everyone who helped to search for him during the nearly three weeks he was missing.
“We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone for all of your support and kind words and actions in trying to help us to find Matthew.
“For those of you that knew him, it represents what a fantastic, friendly and humorous person he was.
" For those of you who didn’t know him, yet still put a lot of your time and effort into searching for him, it shows that people in your community do care, are selfless, and have a wonderful team spirit. You have been truly fantastic and we feel part of the community now.
“Thank you to all who have searched both professionally and personally, with special thanks to Mountain Rescue, lake search teams, Dan and the volunteer group, and thanks to Low Wood Hotel for their kind hospitality.
“Everyone has been a great tower of strength to us over the past few difficult weeks. You all took Matthew to your hearts and made it your mission to find him. Without all of your help we would have been lost.
“We found you Matthew, we love you dearly and are taking you home to be at peace.”
Cumbria Police confirmed a body recovered from Windermere is that of missing Matthew Jordan, 20, from Teesside, who disappeared in March.
The student from Teesside hasn't been seen since last Thursday, when he went out with friends in the Lake District.
The family of missing Matthew Jordan from Middlesbrough have appealed for the public's help as police search for him.