Heartfelt tributes to missing Devon dad after body is found

Plymouth dad Steven Barnes pictured with his four children
-Credit: (Image: Supplied by family)

Hundreds of people have paid heartfelt tributes to a missing dad from Devon, after a body was found in the search for him. 32-year-old Steven Barnes was reported missing on Monday, June 3, after he was seen leaving Derriford Hospital emergency department in Plymouth.

Police issued an urgent appeal to the public in an attempt to locate him, as they were concerned for his welfare. Tragically, yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, June 5, a body was found during the search efforts, presumed to be Mr Barnes, reports Plymouth Live.

Hundreds of people have since shown an outpouring of sympathy and support for his young family. Social media has been flooded with tributes for him, with many describing him as a "lovely man" who "had so much to give".

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People have extended their deepest sympathies to Mr Barnes' family, with comments such as: "I'm so so sorry for you loss thinking of you all massively" and "Thinking of you all at this awful time".

Further sentiments include: "Sending love and strength to you and the boys", "Oh I'm so so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your boys at this very sad time and sending love xxx" and "My heart goes out to u and ya boys such a lovely man he was doin' so well had so much to give x".

One person said: "Really sorry to hear this news. Heart goes out to you all". Others shared: "Rest in peace and light now Steven" and "R.I.P. my friend".

"Really sorry to hear this. Thinking of you, the boys and family.xx" another added. "So so sorry to hear this. Oh I have no words I really don't mate. All my thoughts and love is with you and your boys tho and the family to at this very sad heart wrenching awful time".

Others said: "I truly am so shocked and deeply sorry to read this news. Thinking of you and all of the family xxxx" and "I'm so so sad to hear this news such a lovely bloke to me. My thoughts are with you Kayleigh and the boys right now X".

More added: "I'm so sorry for your loss my heart goes out to you the boys and family xxx" and "absolutely heartbroken for you all. Sending you and the boys so much love xxxxxxxx"

Plymouth dad Steven Barnes pictured with his four children
Plymouth dad Steven Barnes pictured with his children -Credit:Supplied by family


Tributes continue to flood in, offering words of support for the Barnes family. One person said: "I've got no words for how you must be feeling. I only hope you get the space and time you need to somehow get your head and heart around this. Sending love to whole family".

"Sorry for yours and the boys loss, sending love at the difficult time x". Someone else echoed: "I actually can't believe I am reading this! I am so sorry for your loss! Thinking of you and your boys".

Formal identification is yet to take place, but Mr Barnes' family has been informed. The death is not thought to be suspicious.

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