Body found in New Forest is missing Ross Haughey

Ross Haughey Ross Haughey, 17, disappeared on Sunday

Relatives have told of their devastation after a 17-year-old boy was found dead three days after his disappearance.

Ross Haughey's body was discovered in the national park near Ringwood shortly after 14:30 GMT on Wednesday.

The teenager had not been seen since Sunday when he left his Abbottswell Road home at Frogham in the New Forest.

Teams of volunteers including pupils from Ross's school scoured the New Forest in a bid to find him.

Hampshire Constabulary is investigating the circumstances of his death.

'Much-loved son'

In a statement, Ross's family said: "The tragic news of our much-loved son Ross has devastated our family, relatives and friends.

"This has been the hardest thing that we have ever had to cope with.

"Ross was quiet, intelligent and had achieved excellent GCSE exam results which he was very proud of. He was doing well in his sixth form A-level studies."

Police officers, dogs and the force helicopter also conducted searches.

School friends from The Burgate School and Sixth Form in Fordingbridge also set up a Facebook page.

Ross's family added: "We were overwhelmed by all the offers of help to search for Ross in the New Forest."

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