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Family says thanks to searchers as missing man’s body found

The body of Bailey Mearns, 21, was found following a five-day search.

Bailey Mearns, missing.
Bailey Mearns' family have thanked those who searched for him.

The family of a man found dead five days after he was reported missing have thanked those who joined in the search.

Bailey Mearns’ body was discovered in Arbroath on Friday, and police confirmed on Monday that he’d been formally identified.

Dozens of friends, family and wellwishers joined the search for the 21-year-old, which also saw a helicopter crew take to the air.

In a statement released through Police Scotland, his family said they had been “overwhelmed” by the efforts that went into finding him.

They said: “Maureen, Debbie and Marc would like to thank all those who shared the appeal and everyone on social media for their kind words, we are overwhelmed by how many people were thinking of him.

“We would now ask for privacy at this time as we try to come to terms with our loss, thank you.”

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