DEVASTATED neighbours have paid tribute to missing Doncaster teenager Lewis Eddleston following the tragic discovery of a boy’s body.
Police yesterday sealed off a huge area of farmland near Hungerhill School at Edenthorpe, after the body of a youngster was found in a ditch.
The discovery between Thorne Road and Barnby Dun Road was less than half a mile from where 13-year-old Lewis was last seen alive on Sunday afternoon.
There was no official confirmation of identity last night.
But neighbours living near the family home in Clay Lane named the dead youngster as Lewis, and social media sites were inundated with tributes.
Upset neighbours in Wilberforce Road, Clay Lane, where Lewis lives with mum Diane and dad Norman, last night spoke of their shock.
Craig Sayles said: “It’s horrible - really upsetting. I’ve got kids myself so it makes you think.
“You can’t believe it when something like this happens on your own doorstep.
“He was a nice lad, always polite, and would always chat to you if you saw him in the street.
“I used to see him knocking around outside the shops and he’d usually have a laugh and a joke with me because we had the same pair of trainers. It’s really, really awful.”
Another neighbour, who declined to be named, said: “We are in absolute shock. I knew him and used to see him around. No-one can really take in the news round here - everyone is in a bit of a daze.”
Scores of tributes were posted on the youngster’s Facebook page by upset friends and fellow pupils at Hungerhill School.
Brooke McFarlane wrote: “Rest in peace - you’ll be sadly missed. My heart goes out to all his family. Gone but never forgotten, sleep tight angel.”
Sammy Barnett posted: “You were such a lovely lad, and everyone who knew you is going to miss you. RIP.”
Kelly Edginton wrote: “RIP Little Man... In The Arms Of The Angels Now xxxx.”
A candlelight vigil is being planned in Sandall Park this evening from 6pm to remember the youngster, with scores of friends, family and relatives from nearby Clay Lane set to attend.
Mum Diane had pleaded for Lewis to get in touch following his disappearance shortly before 4pm on Sunday.
Police were alerted after the youngster failed to return home on Sunday evening. He was last seen on fields between Kirk Sandall and Edenthorpe after telling his group of friends to look after his mobile phone while he went to the toilet.
Officers were called to Hungerhill Lane, Edenthorpe, yesterday morning after the discovery of a youngster in a ditch.
Ambulance crews attempted resuscitation but were unsuccessful, said police.