The family of Shaun Banner, who went missing in April, said DNA had confirmed his body was found on the Invergordon shoreline.
34-year-old Shaun, who went missing on April 23, was found on June 14 on the shoreline at Shore Road West in Invergordon.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Alan Banner said Shaun was loved and had an “army of people who cared about him”.
The family, and countless members of the Invergordon and Alness community, searched for Shaun over the last 10 weeks, since he went missing.
‘We are crushed’
A coordinated search, particularly around the Invergordon and Alness area in the days and weeks following Shaun’s disappearance was organised by his family and members of the community.
Alan said: “As most of you know, 10 weeks ago we started our search for Shaun.
“Our searches came to a halt two-and-a-half weeks ago when a body was recovered from the water in Invergordon on Tuesday June 14.”
He continued: “We finally got answers earlier this week when we got the call to say that there was a DNA match and that the body recovered was Shaun.
“As you can imagine we are all crushed.”
A gap in our hearts
He added: “This was never the outcome any of us wanted. Shaun was so loved, had the biggest personality, the most infectious laugh, the wickedest sense of humour, the biggest car collection and an army of people who cared about him.
“He’ll definitely leave a gap in all our hearts.”
Alan thanked everyone for their support over the last 10 weeks, since Shaun went missing. He said: “We have been genuinely been blown away by the amazing people we have in our lives and community.
“You have carried us and continue to hold us up through the most difficult time of our lives and this is something we’ll never be able to repay you all for.
“Thank you for everything.”
Formal identification has now taken place and we can confirm that the body found on Shore Road West, Invergordon, on Tuesday, 14 June, has been confirmed as missing person Shaun Banner.https://t.co/WcIE4F2IrW pic.twitter.com/4fZfijDAhF
— Northern Police (@northernPolice) July 3, 2022
Police issued a statement today to confirm that the body was that of the missing Invergordon dad.
A police spokesman said: “Formal identification has now taken place and we can confirm that the body found on Shore Road West, Invergordon, on Tuesday, June 14, has been confirmed as missing person Shaun Banner.
“Shaun was reported missing from the area on Saturday, April 23, 2022.
“There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”