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"Genuine, hard-working and caring man": Family pay tribute to Gerald Pragnell

Gerald Pragnell with his son Aidan Photo: Hampshire Police

The family of a man, whose body was found in Southampton, has paid tribute to a "genuine, hard-working and caring family man".

The body of Gerald Pragnell, 66, was found in woodland off of Cemetery Road on Saturday.

He was last seen leaving work at Southampton Airport at 6.30am on Thursday, November 1.

Dad was a loving father, grandad, partner, brother and uncle.

“He was a genuine, hard-working and caring family man who was adored by all who knew him.

“He was a natural joker who lit up the room with his mischievous sense of humour.

“We have so many stories and memories that will always remain with us and he will always be hugely missed by us all.

“Dad was taken from us much too soon and we’re devastated that he won’t be part of our future.”

– Family tribute

Detectives investigating his death are still appealing to anyone who may have seen him or his car, a silver Mercedes GLA, registration GIW 4045, in the Cemetery Road area on November 1, between 6.30am and 8.30am, to come forward.

They would also like to speak to any drivers who were in the Inner Avenue or Bedford Place area that day, between 8am and 11am, who may have dash cam footage.

If you have any information that could assist, please call 101 and quote Operation Experience. Alternatively, make a report online. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.