The family of missing Fareham man Kieran Smith today said his body had been found.
The discovery was made in a field next to the Stubbington Ark in Ranvilles Lane by workers from Southern Electric Power Distribution who were on a routine tree-cutting patrol this morning.
Police searching for Kieran, from nearby Harcourt Road, were called to the scene.
While police said they could not confirm that the body was Kieran, as formal identification is yet to take place, Kieran’s family confirmed the tragic news Facebook.
Kieran’s stepfather Howard Payne posted on a Facebook page set up to help coordinate the search.
He said that Kieran’s body was found by a Southern Electricity worker in Ranvilles Lane at 8am this morning.
He said: ‘Although the body has not been formally identified yet, it is Kieran.
‘It would seem that he was electrocuted by the pylon he climbed and fell below it.
‘Routine maintenance by southern electric found him while cutting back the brush below the pole.
‘We would like to thank everyone who has shared in our efforts to find him, and especially those who went above and beyond the call of duty in helping to try to bring him home.
‘We will post and speak to people after things have calmed down. He will be sorely missed.’
Other friends have paid tribute.
Elaine Johnson said: ‘Such sad news x sleep peacefully at rest thoughts are with your family and friends who never gave up Another bright star shining down keep those Lines tight much love.’
Alex Hazzard said: ‘Rest in peace, my love goes out to all his family and friends, so much commitment in you guys, so so sorry it had to end this way. He really did have so many people that truly loved him.’
Kieran, who was nicknamed Jibba, was last seen on March 10 when he left his family home in Harcourt Road.
He was spotted shortly after by a dog walker on Ranvilles Lane, heading towards the Stubbington Ark.
Kieran, a self-employed labourer, had no bank cards or ID on him and only had a small amount of money.
Concerns were raised for his mental health after her was talked down from a 90ft electricity pylon in Cosham the day before he went missing.
In a statement, Hampshire Police said: ‘Detectives searching for Kieran Smith, who went missing from Fareham on March 10, have found the body of a man in Fareham.
‘The post-mortem examination will take place later today.
‘Police are now working to identify the man and the circumstances surrounding his death, however at this stage this is not believed to be suspicious.
‘The family of Kieran Smith have been informed of the discovery.’
The hunt for 24-year-old Kieran Smith began when he went missing from his home in Harcourt Road, Fareham, on Tuesday March 10 at midday.
His family – mum Linda Payne, step-dad Howard Payne and brothers Harrison Payne and Kiohl Smith – launched an appeal for him to get in touch as they are worried about his mental health.
On March 24 his mother Linda Payne read a prepared statement asking for help at the spot in Ranvilles Lane where Kieran was last seen by a dog walker.