Tributes after missing man is found dead

Daniel Woods with his daughter Keeley
Daniel Woods with his daughter Keeley

Emotional tributes have been paid to a 23-year-old Leyland dad after police found a dead body in woodland in the town.

Daniel Woods, known to friends as Danny, went missing from his home on Northbrook Road last Tuesday, June 25.

Police confirmed they found a body, believed to be Daniel’s, on land off Schleswig Way on Sunday afternoon.

A spokesman said: “Sadly, at around 5pm, the body of a young man was found in land off Schleswig Way in Leyland.

“He was found by mountain rescue teams as part of the ongoing police searches for Danny Woods. Although formal identification is yet to take place, it is believed to be Danny.

“At this time, police are not looking for anyone in connection with the discovery.”

Daniel’s ex-partner, 23-year-old Sarah Cliffe from Penwortham, who is the mum of his two-year-old daughter, Keeley Woods, appealed for his safe return last week, saying: “Keeley needs you, she is missing you, we are all missing you and we all love you.”

Now, friends have paid tribute to the former Worden Sports College student on Facebook, with one saying: “Love you Danny – just doesn’t fee real. Like it’s not true.”

One woman wrote: “This is a very sad ending for lots of people involved.”

Another said: “I’ve been hoping he would turn up safe and well. Whatever happened I hope he didn’t suffer. Feel so sad for his family.”

Another said: “RIP, sunshine. Very sad news.”

Daniel, who had a keen interest in motorbikes and worked at PLACE, was said to have been in a good mood when he was last seen.

Detective Chief Inspector Andrea Barrow said: “Danny seemed in good spirits and there was no indication that anything was wrong when he was last seen on Tuesday.”

She added that he spent a lot of time with his beloved daughter Keeley, and his family, including mum Karen Woods, were growing increasingly worried last week as it was ‘very out of character’ for him not to be in touch.

More than 40 police officers and staff worked around the clock to find Daniel throughout last week, following a number of lines of enquiry.

They conducted checks of CCTV in the area where he was last seen, made house-to-house inquiries and spoke to family, friends and colleagues to build up a picture of his lifestyle.

People have since spoken of their shock on social networking site Facebook.

One man said: “Too young. Hope you find the peace you were seeking. Rest in Peace, lad.”

While one woman added: “So sad, sleep tight Danny, you left the world far too early, RIP.”