Body found in Fife is missing Glasgow man Gavin Fern

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Mr Fern was last seen in November last year

A body discovered near a Fife village at the weekend has been identified as a missing computer salesman from Glasgow.

Gavin Fern, 30, was the subject of a huge missing person's internet campaign after he was last seen in November.

Celebrity support from Lorraine Kelly and Sarah Brown saw the appeal reach more than two million Twitter and Facebook accounts.

His mother Sandra, 59, and sister Helen, 32, said the size of the campaign showed how "popular he was".

Mr Fern, who was originally from Dunfermline, was last seen on CCTV footage at Glasgow's Buchanan Street Bus station on 20 November.

He was reported missing after failing to turn up at a training course in London.

During a subsequent missing person appeal, his mother made a tearful plea for her son to come home for Christmas.

At the time, police also described Mr Fern as "vulnerable."

'So touched'

Mr Fern's friends used Facebook and Twitter to highlight the police appeal and asked a number of celebrities to tweet about the search.

On Monday, Fife Police said that "initial indications" suggested a body found on Saturday in the Blairhall area of Fife, near Mr Fern's family home, was that of the missing salesman.

The force confirmed this on Thursday following the results of a post mortem examination. A spokesman said there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances.

Mr Fern's mother and sister said: "We would like to thank the police, friends, family and the media for their support and have also been so touched by the way everyone has rallied round and organised the appeal to help look for Gavin.

"Gavin was such a loving son, brother, uncle and grandson. It went to prove how popular he was with friends with the Facebook campaign. He was technically gifted with computers and loved his job."

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