Tributes paid to teen after body is found near golf club
Last updated at 12:34, Friday, 20 December 2013
The parents of a teenager who was found dead on a beach near Maryport have paid tribute to him.
Callum William Moody-Chapman, 17, was discovered by a passer-by near Maryport Golf Club, at 12.30pm on Tuesday.
Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.
Callum, from Grimsby, was visiting relatives in Ennerdale Road, Maryport, and was last seen at 3.50am on Sunday.
He was staying with his aunt Jeanette, of Ennerdale Road, over the Christmas holidays.
He arrived on December 6 and was going to be joined by his dad, Kevin Chapman, 50, and brother Arran, 18, on Christmas Eve.
Officers launched an appeal for information about his whereabouts and said they believed Callum may have been trying to return to his home in Holton-le-Clay.
Mr Chapman and Callum’s mum Nichola Moody, 38, released a statement about their son.
They said: “Most knew Callum for his beautiful ginger hair and his big blue eyes.
“Our son was an amazing young man who would do anything for anyone. He has brought joy and touched so many lives in his short time with us.
“Callum could light up any room with his cheeky smile. He always had people laughing, and brightening people’s lives is what he lived for.
“He has now found his own inner peace. He will never be forgotten by anyone who ever had the privilege of having him in their lives.”
Callum was a keen skateboarder, sea fisher, and BMX and dirt bike rider.
He had two stepbrothers, Craig and Bob.
His parents thanked all those involved in the search for their son.
They said: “The police and Maryport Inshore Rescue have shown such professionalism and compassion, and have been amazing with ourselves and extended family.”
Maryport Inshore Rescue were among those who spent hours searching for Callum, carrying out an operation that covered an area including the river and shoreline from north of Allonby to south of Maryport.
Callum’s mum added: “It has been a surreal time for us all. It has been a nightmare. It is not real. I still think he isn’t gone.
“When I went to see him in the hospital where he was taken after he was found, it just looked like my baby was sleeping.
“He was a caring teenager. When my stepdaughter suffered a stroke in October, Callum was expecting to celebrate his 17th birthday with us. Instead he forgot about his birthday and looked after his stepbrother. He put everybody before himself.
“He was loved by everyone who met him and had the biggest blue eyes that you just sank into.”
A post-mortem examination has taken place and the coroner has been informed of the death.
First published at 12:27, Friday, 20 December 2013
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