The family of tragic teenager Anthony Stubbs have paid tribute to him, describing him as a ‘caring and loving boy’.
Anthony, 16, had been missing from his home in Leyland since November 25.
Sadly, his body was found in an area of Brickfield Wood, next to Worden Playing Fields, in Leyland, by officers searching for him on Monday afternoon.
Yesterday Anthony’s distraught family were too upset to talk but in a statement they said he was the ‘light of their lives.’
The statement from his mum, Denise, step-dad Paul, sister Jody, little brother Oscar, daughter Lily and girlfriend Charlotte said: “Anthony was the light of our lives.
“He brought so much joy and happiness to all who were fortunate enough to know him.
“What has happened is such a shock and has left us beyond devastated; words can’t even begin to describe how we feel at the moment.
“He was such a caring and loving boy who couldn’t do enough for other people, he always put others before himself.
“He was really proud of his daughter Lily and he was such a great dad - the fact that she is going to have to grow up without him in her life is a tragedy.
“As well as a dad, Anthony was a much loved son, brother, boyfriend and best friend and we can’t see how life will carry on without him; we all miss him so much.
“We would like to thank everyone for the lovely messages of support, love and prayers.
“We would also like to thank the police for their efforts, for finding Anthony and for the support they have offered us as we try to come to terms with what has happened. ”
“We would now ask for some privacy so that we can remember Anthony and come to terms with our loss.”
Anthony had been missing from the home shared with his girlfriend Charlotte and their young daughter in Leyland Lane to go to his mother’s house on Southbrook Road just a few minutes walk away on Sunday November 25.
Anthony was a student at Wellfield Business and Enterprise College.
Headteacher Piers Tolson, headteacher said: “We always remained hopeful that Anthony would return, and this has come as a great shock to us all.
“Everyone is naturally very distressed at the news, and we will be making sure that staff and students are looked after in the days to come, supported by specialists from the county council.”
Mr Tolson added:“Anthony had been with us since Year 7 and he was a caring and conscientious student who gave much of his time to helping others.
“As a member of our student council he contributed to making changes and improvements to the school; he was also a senior prefect and head of one of our school houses.
“When we held school drama productions he was a skilled and dedicated backstage worker, helping with lighting, sound and scenery.
“We will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”