Jamie Hague, aged 30, was reported missing on Wednesday after last being seen on Creswick Way on the Langsett estate, near Upperthorpe.
Officers involved in the search discovered a body in woodland just off Bolsterstone Road, Bolsterstone, yesterday.
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Although the body has not yet been formally identified, it is believed to be that of Jamie and his family has been informed and is being offered support by specialist officers.
In a post on Facebook, Jamie’s sister, Kimberley Moylan Compson said: “Never goodbye, just goodnight until we meet again my brother, my hero, my Jamie.”
Former school friend Nicola Turner added: “So, so sorry to hear this sad news. He was such a funny outgoing lad and liked by everyone at school.”
And work colleague, John Bell, posted: “You were the nicest bloke anyone could ever meet, do anything for anyone. Work won't be the same anymore. Love you loads big lad, you broke our hearts.”
Christine Potter said Jamie will ‘be missed’ and friend Stephanie Greenfield posted: "Had some laughs when we were younger. Thoughts are with his family.”
Liam Blackburn, who worked with Jamie, described him as a ‘top bloke’, and colleague Craig Taylor added: “Nicest kid I have ever worked with. Not a bad bone in his body. Heartbreaking news.”
Jamie’s friend Andrew Phillips posted: “I loved him so much, he was my best friend.”