A north-east man killed at a luxury holiday resort has been described as a “legend” who will never be forgotten.
Jamie McLennan went missing after a night out with friends in Dundee last week, where he visited a casino before getting in a taxi to the nearby Piperdam resort.
A fire later broke out in one of the lodges, and police later confirmed they had found a body inside.
Although formal identification has not taken place, Mr McLennan’s family have been informed.
Yesterday, the 26-year-old’s family were too upset to talk about the tragedy at their home in Kincorth in Aberdeen.
But tributes flooded in online for the man – known as Gebo to his friends – and his loved ones vowed he would “never be forgotten”.
His brother, Levi, posted: “Going to miss you so much bro, no one will know how am feeling right now.”
Cousin Clarke McLennan said that all the posts online proved what a “legend” Mr McLennan was, and wrote: “You will never ever be forgotten and we will never find anyone anything like you Jamie. Cousin brother best mate. Going to be a hard couple of days processing all this. RIP Jamie love you.”
And Sarah Mcdonald added: “Life is so cruel at the moment. He will never be forgotten that’s for sure, he was always on the go partying on… but always had time to stop and talk 2 everyone he knew xx”.
Yesterday, police continued their investigation into the fire at the Piperdam lodge, with forensics teams carrying out a fingertip search.
It is understood Mr McLennan had been visiting two friends who were staying at the resort, but were not in the lodge when the fire broke out at 7.30am on Thursday.
Three appliances were needed to tackle the fire, and when they arrived the building was “well alight”.
The lodge was a stand-alone building and no other lodges or buildings were affected by the fire.
More than three hours later, two fire crews remained at the scene to dampen down the area.
Police are treating the incident as unexplained and have since launched a joint investigation into the circumstances of it with the fire and rescue service.