The body of 17-year-old Jason Monks is believed to have been discovered in Hindley’s Borsdane Wood.
Friends and teachers at his former school, Hindley High, have left heartfelt tributes to Jason and passed on condolences to his family.
Dr Ian Butterfield, head teacher at Hindley High School, said: “The whole school community is saddened by this tragic news and our hearts go out to the family. We are working closely with specific agencies to ensure support is available to pupils and staff during this difficult time.”
Jason, who was a member of the army cadets, was remembered by his peers for his good sense of humour.
Lauren Kenny posted on Facebook along with a picture of a group of the young cadets, saying: “You were so funny at cadets. Can’t believe you are not here anymore, we all gonna miss you. You won’t be forgotten. All my thoughts are with your family.”
Bolton Coroner’s Court confirmed that it has received official reports of Jason’s death.
According to the court, enquiries are ongoing and no date has yet been set for the opening of the inquest.