Friends and colleagues who knew Neil Devlin this week paid tribute to him with a shrine at his place of work.
Neil, who went missing at the New Year after celebrating with friends, was discovered last Monday. His body was spotted in the River Ouzel, close to Taylor’s Ride, by a member of the public.
Neil, of Town Bridge Mill, Leighton Road, Linslade, worked as a car park assistant at the town’s Morrisons supermarket. The 37-year-old was last seen after visiting friends in Falcon Mews on New Year’s Day.
Beds Police had carried out house-to-house enquiries, studied CCTV and conducted specialist river searches in the weeks following his disappearance but with little success.
Neil was well known in the town and there has been a huge outpouring of support.
Search parties were launched, social media sites printed appeals and friends scoured his old haunts hoping for a happy outcome to his disappearance.
On Sunday a shrine was set up in one of the trolley bays at Morrisons and friends, as far away as Europe and America lit candles in his memory.
Leighton-Linslade band, The Rusty Gs also contacted the LBO offering to headline a charity gig in a bid to ensure Neil get’s a town funeral.
Band leader James Finch said: “A member of my family worked with him at Morrisons and we had heard that he may only be given a pauper’s burial.
“I have had the idea of creating a gig night in Leighton for Neil. We could charge a small fee for entry. Whatever the total is could then be given towards his funeral arrangements. Obviously we have seen how loved a man he was. I think the local community would like the idea”.
People have also been commenting on social media.
Nickie Romano posted on our Facebook site: “Miss you Neil. Work isn’t the same and never will be the same x sleep tight my friend x”.
And @VeganStella tweeted us: “How very sad. This has really affected the whole community. No closure until they find out how he met his tragic end.”
An inquest into Neil’s death was opened yesterday afternoon.