The family of a man found dead in Forres after going missing on Hogmanay have thanked the police for their efforts.
Antony Rodgers was reported missing from his home in Elgin last Tuesday, with police revealing he may have cycled from the town to Forres that night.
But when the 57-year-old’s loved ones failed to hear from him, police began searches of the area and scouring CCTV for clues to his whereabouts.
On Saturday, they revealed a body had been found in the Califer area of the town.
Although formal identification is yet to take place, a police spokesman confirmed Mr Rodgers’ family had been informed.
As the news spread, tributes flooded in online, with many former colleagues at RAF Kinloss remembering their time together.
His brother, Chris, posted online: “On behalf of the family, I would like to thank the police, coastguard, mountain rescue and everyone who helped in locating our brother and to all who have left such kind words.
“Such a tragic end. Thank you all.”
Joe Kennedy wrote: “Incredibly sad, and not the news anyone want to hear. Rest in peace Tony, you will be sadly missed by all who came within your orbit at RAF Kinloss.
“Your historical depth of knowledge was astounding and I used to make any excuse to enter your lair in the history room above the OCU just I could learn even more from you.
“Deepest condolences to the family. Nothing else to say – just devastated.”
Katie Broadley wrote: “Completely heartbroken, Tony. You were one of a kind. You had so much love to give. I’ll never forget how much you helped me through everything.”
Gordon Bruce added: “Tony was a wonderful man who was always ready to help others.”
And Sharon Davidson posted: “Sad news indeed, thoughts are with Tony’s family. He was part of the RAF family at RAF Kinloss for many years. Known and respected by many. RIP Tony.”