The family of Ben Caplan say they are "overwhelmed" by the support they have received from members of the public since he went missing in December.
Today Gwent Police confirmed a man's body recovered from the River Usk in Newport was Mr Caplan.
The wife and family of Ben Caplan would like to say that they have been overwhelmed by all the messages of support, love and affection that they have received following recent tragic events.
They especially would like to thank all those who volunteered their own time and everyone else who was involved in the searches, poster campaign and publicity efforts following Bens disappearance.
Gwent Coroner's office has given a provisional cause of death as being consistent with drowning, although toxicology results are still being awaited.
Formal identification was carried out after the body was discovered on January 30.