THE SISTER of Luke Whelan has confirmed his death by paying tribute to him on social media after his body was sighted in a river by a member of the public on Thursday afternoon.
Linsey Whelan wrote the following tribute on her Facebook page: “It is with a heavy heart that our beautiful Luke has left our world and joined another.
“Never in our wildest dreams did we ever think our Luke would go at such a young age, a man who lit up our world, he was one of life’s characters with a big beautiful heart.
“We will never stop loving Luke, he was always just so happy and had so much to live for.
“As a family we have been overwhelmed by the support and kind messages along this awful journey.
“I could write so much about Luke I just wish you had all known him.
“Our devastation is beyond words, our hearts are broken, he was too young too beautiful and way too much to give.
“Once again I thank you all for your support you have been amazing xxxxxx until we meet again my Lukey .. Xxxxxxxxxxx”
The 37-year-old went missing on November 28 with the last confirmed sighting at the Station Road petrol station in Tile Hill Village.
The body was sighted shortly after 12.30pm yesterday on Alderminster Road in Eastern Green.
Although the results of a post mortem examination proved inconclusive with further tests pending, Mr Wheelan’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
Details of the case have been passed to the city’s coroner.