Human remains found on the beach in Blackpool last month have today been revealed as missing man Calum Terras.
The 27-year-old, who suffered from mental health problems, went missing from his Fleet Street home on January 5.
Following extensive forensic tests, police have confirmed that body parts that washed up on the beach at Bispham on August 16 are his.
Lancashire Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a file has been passed to the coroner.
Family members have today issued two statements paying tribute to Mr Terras.
His brother Iain said: “I was the closest person to Calum, as we shared a room at my nan’s for 15 years
“He was my ‘go-to’ and everyone’s, whether it be problems with computers or seeking advice on life.
“Calum would find strengths in people and would encourage them to try and reach their goals in whatever it may be in life.
“He spent a lot of time on his computer and made many online friends through gaming who he considered his true friends and would go and meet in person, as well as his best friends Johnnie and Stephen, who would visit Calum, to listen to music, draw, talk about life and play retro games.
“I would also like to mention that he had another nephew called Archie who unfortunately he never got to meet as he was born May 9. His full name being Archie Calum Terras who is a beautiful, happy boy just like Calum before the mental illness.
“Calum did try his hardest to seek help, even trying to admit himself to a mental health hospital.
“I could really go on and fill up a full newspaper and even the sport section on how great of a person Calum was.
“He truly was an amazing and a kind loving person. He would go out of his way to please anyone who crossed his path and would bend over backwards to make a small difference in people’s lives.”
A family statement issued today added: “Our Calum, or ‘Uncle Cal’ as he was affectionately called by his nephew Alfie, was a much loved son, grandson, brother, cousin and friend who was a decent, caring, intelligent, considerate, witty man with old school values.
“He was very funny and had great banter, particularly with his siblings and his cousins. A family friend only recently commented that the world will be a worse place without him and for us, that is certainly true.
“He was a former pupil of Highfield School in Blackpool and previously worked as a ward clerk on ward seven at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
“We are an extremely close family and have been deeply worried since he went missing.
“The home he shared with his nan and granddad has felt empty since the day he left and now we are going to have to come to terms with life without him, which will never be the same.
“He was a sweet natured person and used to leave thoughtful, sentimental handwritten notes to family members, especially his nan and granddad, to remind them just how special they were to him and how much he loved them.
“He always said that he didn’t want to die or be a burden, he just wanted to be happy. We know he is now no longer suffering with his demons and hope in time that will give us some comfort. He gave 110 per cent to try and help himself recover from his depression and he fought it as best he could.
“As a family would like to express our thanks to all of the public who helped us in our search to find Calum and also everyone who has passed on their well wishes and condolences since we were given this heartbreaking news.
“We would like to say a special thank you to the police, particularly our family liaison officers DS Kathryn Riley and DC Emma Shuttleworth. They have been extremely helpful, sensitive, open and honest throughout.
“We hope that Calum’s death will raise awareness of the suffering of lots of young men due to mental illnesses and that people fully realise that depression is like any other illness of the body, it’s just that it affects a person’s mind.”