Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a popular teenage soldier whose body was found near a river in York.
Tyler Pearson, 18, who attended Kimberley Comprehensive School on Newdigate Street from 2007 until 2012, was reported missing on April 3. It is understood he he entered the River Ouse in York during the early hours of that morning.
On April 17 the body of the teenager, who was a signaller with the 2nd Signal Regiment in York, was found near Skeldergate Bridge.
Chris Teal, head teacher at Kimberley School, said that Tyler would be remembered as being lively and popular.
“Teachers fondly recall a young man who matured enormously during his time at secondary school.”
He added: “His year 11 tutor particularly recalls his kind and caring attitude towards his close friends — he will be greatly missed.”
Commanding officer at 2nd Signal Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Ian Hargreaves. said that Tyler had showed himself to be the epitome of a professional soldier and was both hardworking and keen to learn.
He added: “He had all the prospects of a fine career ahead of him and as a close knit regiment, his loss will be sorely felt by all.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
North Yorkshire police believe that Tyler was trying to swim to the far bank at Queen’s Staith during a night out with friends.
Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julie Mulligan, said the police were currently offering their help and support to Tyler’s family.