Family, friends and colleagues have paid tribute after the body of missing Accrington man Trevor Whitehead was found.
Since Trevor, 51, went missing on Wednesday, April 9 Lancashire Police and Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue have been running an extensive search operation of Hyndburn and the wider Lancashire area.
That search sadly came to an end on Saturday, May 31 when a Trevor’s body was discovered by members of the public near Pickup Bank reservoir in Belthorn.
His death is not being treated as suspicious. A post-mortem examination will be carried out to establish the exact cause of death.
His mum Alice Whitehead, 70, of Primrose Street, Accrington, described Trevor’s disappearance and subsequent death had been a ‘terrible shock’.
She said: “It’s been an agonising wait for news.
“It was a terrible shock when he went missing. just heard that he had not gone into work one day, so I went round to his house and he wasn’t there either.
“He kept himself to himself and he did go walking all over the moors, so I didn’t know if he was walking. When he didn’t turn up we reported it to the police.
“It has just been terrible. My neighbour Kathy has been a great help to me in these last six weeks.”
Neighbour Kathy Sibbering said: “Trevor was a lovely lad, he really was.”
Trevor, who was a wildlife photographer and keen walker, lived on Wordsworth Road.
He used to run with a championship winning running team called the ‘Headless Chickens’.
Fellow runner and friend Nick Gaskell said his thoughts were with Alice.
He said: “Trevor was a good mate and a good laugh. We met through the running team and became good friends.
“We all kind of went our own ways before 2000, but we got back together when Trevor went missing to try and raise awareness and to find him.
“It’s just really sad, all my thoughts are with Alice.”
Graham Dalley, deputy team leader with Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue, said that it was a an ‘awful’ end to the search.
He said: “We spent a lot of time searching for Trevor and it is very sad and just awful that it has ended like this.
“There is some closure for his family now at least. All our thoughts are with them.”
A spokeswoman from the Skipton Building Society in Barnoldswick, where Trevor worked, said: “Right from the point that Trevor went missing all of our thoughts have been with his family and they remain so.”
Readers also took to the Observer Facebook page to pay tribute.
Gill Bradford commented: “Rest in peace Trevor. I was hoping and praying this young man would be found not like this.”
Sue McGarrie said: “Rest in peace Trevor, you will be sadly missed by a lot of people.”
Trevor’s funeral is due to take place at Accrington Crematorium on Thursday, June 12 at 3pm.
Alice has asked for family flowers only, with donations to mountain rescue and the missing persons bureau in memory of Trevor.