A memorial event in memory of Northampton teenager Emmerson Thompson will be held in Abington Park on Friday.
Emmerson Thompson, 15, went missing from his home in Stimpson Avenue at 2pm last Friday after telling his dad he was going to a chip shop and later staying at a friend’s house.
The alarm was raised on Saturday after it was discovered he had not stayed with his friend.
A body, believed to be Emmerson’s, was found at Weston Mill, near Riverside Retail Park, shortly after 2pm yesterday (Monday).
Tributes began flooding in on a Facebook page which was set up by his closest friends, which now has more than 1,000 members.
Charlie Boyes said: “To all. Emmerson’s parents and Yasmin have asked me to thank everyone on their behalf for all your support and messages on here.
“They have seen them all and are overwhelmed by your support.
“They just want to say that Emmerson will be missed so much. He was an intelligent lovely young man and loved by us all, and this has come as a massive shock to everyone. Thank you.”
His friends, family and volunteers began searching for Emmerson on Monday morning, after Northamptonshire Police assigned 30 officers to the case with assistance from the Northants Search and Rescue team.
Leaflets were distributed and his photograph spread widely on social media.
During one of the searches, his best friend, Heather Somerville, 16, told the Chron that Emmerson was ‘absolutely perfect’.
She said: “He is outgoing, caring and really funny. It was such a shock to hear about him going missing. I’m trying to do everything in my power to help find him.”
Emmerson, who was due to turn 16 later this month, had recently completed his GCSEs at Weston Favell Academy and was due to go back to sixth form in September to start his A-levels.
Alexa Johnson said: “R.I.P Emmerson! You were way too young to be taken. Such a lovely, sweet guy, that was loved by many in our year group. Worked so hard in school, to get the grades to achieve in life, all to be taken so sudden.
“You will be a huge memory for all in Weston Favell Academy year 11 2014 as well as others that knew you. And I’m sure like me, many were happy and feel honoured, to spend your last year along side you.
“My thoughts go out to family and close friends, especially, all that put the effort to try and get you home safe and sound. R.I.P X”
Angela Bott said: “Emmerson, if you are able to view Facebook from where ever you are, please realise how much you must be loved, missed and treasured.”
Joanne Mclaughlin said: “Really prayed that Emmerson would be found safe and well. Sadly this is not the case and my sympathy is with his family and friends at this tragic time.
“It is just so sad and it makes you realise how quick things can change.
“Seems like he had some amazing friends and it’s lovely how you have all work tirelessly to arrange searches and set up web pages and put Emmerson’s name out to the public. Well done to you all and I’m just so sorry it was not the outcome everybody wanted.
“All my love to all of his family and friends xxxxx”
Friends are now planning a memorial event at 2pm on Friday in Abington Park to remember Emmerson.
The event information on his Facebook page reads: “After the horrific news about Emmerson’s body being found, I think it’s only out of respect to him and his family that we gather in Abington Park around the bandstand on Friday at 2pm (a week from when he went missing).
“On this day we shall lay flowers, cards, photos, candles, and anything else we could remember him by around the bandstand for everyone to see. Also I ask anyone and everyone who was close and wish to say something to everyone, please do so as sharing our memories will help us come together and remember the much beloved Emmerson Thompson. May his spirit live on in our hearts.”
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Behan, at Northamptonshire Police, said: “Our thoughts are with Emmerson’s family at this devastating time.
“I would like to thank the public for their help in the search for Emmerson, particularly those people who shared our appeal on social media sites.”
A report will now be prepared for the coroner.