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Family of missing veteran John Dick, who went missing from Bury St Edmunds and was last seen 10 months ago, 'devastated' after Essex Police announce his death

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The family of a Royal Marines veteran who went missing from Bury St Edmunds and was last seen 10 months ago said they are 'devastated' after police announced his death.

John Dick had been missing from the Bury area and was last seen in Harwich, Essex, on November 30 last year.

Essex Police launched an investigation on July 19 this year after receiving reports of a human skull being found on a building site near Harwich Port.

John Dick has been confirmed dead
John Dick has been confirmed dead

DNA testing was carried out on the skull and it was confirmed it was the remains of 38-year-old Mr Dick.

On September 10, more bones were discovered along the coastline, in Bathside Bay, which led to additional searches in the following days.

The searches led to the discovery of more remains in nearby marshland and police are now conducting tests to confirm whether the additional discoveries are the remains of Mr Dick.

Police confirmed a file was being prepared for the coroner.

In a statement, Mr Dick's family said they were 'devastated' at their loss.

“He was a wonderful man who was funny, kind, generous and trusting and, from the stories that have been shared, it is clear that this has been seen far and wide by so many people," they said.

“Everyone that knew him is better for knowing him and John will be forever missed.

“He was so very loved as a daddy, husband, son and brother and our hearts are shattered at our loss.”

A GoFundMe fund-raising page has been set up to pay for John's funeral, which has already reached £11,500.

A statement on the page reads: "During this difficult time, it would be helpful to provide his family with the finances to give him a good send off without having to worry about money."

A widespread social media campaign was launched by John's family following his disappearance.

He also had connections to Essex, Hertfordshire, Coventry and Swindon.

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