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Tributes after body of missing man found.

TRIBUTES have been paid to tragic Ponteland dad Craig Smith.

The 39-year-old was reported missing after he was last seen near Blaydon Rugby Club at around 11pm on Friday, September 30.

Police launched a frantic search after Craig's worried family raised the alarm, and urged him to come home.

But a body was found in Blaydon at 2.30pm on Monday.

Devastated friends took to our Facebook page to pay their respects.

Julie Reay said: "Such sad news, my thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

Nicola Foster commented: "So sad, thoughts are with his family at this sad time."

Dawn Carrielies wrote: "Very sad and heartbreaking for his family, hope you can get the strength to get you through this hard time."

Sandra Rate Bland typed: "Another devastated family, thinking of you all. RIP Craig."

Tracy Harrison said: "Tragic news - thoughts with his family." And Vicky Ovenden wrote: "How sad. Bless him - thoughts are with his family at this tragic time."

Craig, a roofer, was described as white, 6ft tall with a muscular build and short dark hair.

He was last pictured wearing a black, long-sleeved shirt with piping around the collar, dark blue jeans and brown brogues.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: "Police searching for missing man Craig Smith have found a body. At 2.30pm on Monday, police and fire and rescue services uncovered the body as part of a search operation in the Blaydon area of Newcastle.

"The body has since been identified as that of Craig Smith, who was 39 and from Ponteland.

"His next of kin have been informed. A report has been prepared for the coroner.

"Our thoughts are with Craig's family and friends at this very sad time."

How sad bless him thoughts are with his family at this tragic timeVicky Ovenden

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Craig Smith, whose body has been found after he went missing on Friday

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 5, 2016
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