THE family of a man who went missing in Crewkerne have paid tribute, saying he had a “heart of gold” and would “help anybody who was in need”.

Tyrone Adams, 48, lived in Chedzoy and the Bridgwater area for around 40 years before he moved to Yeovil when he split from his wife.

Mr Adams went missing from the Chubbs Lawn area of Crewkerne at around 9.15pm on June 1.

He was seen near to The George public house in Crewkerne when he said he would return home but he did not turn up.

The body of a man was found by a member of the public at around 11.30am last Monday, in a field off Lyme Road in Crewkerne.

A police spokesman said: “While formal identification has not yet been carried out, we believe the body is of missing 48-year-old man Tyrone Adams. His family have now been updated and our thoughts are with them.

“The death is being treated as unexplained, but we don’t believe there are any suspicious circumstances.”

One of Mr Adams’ sisters and his mother have since paid tribute to Tyrone, calling him kind, loving and a gentle giant.

Beverley Lewis, Tyrone’s sister who lives in South Chard, said: “He was a jolly person. He had a heart of gold and he would give you his last penny.

“He was very close and we were a very close family. He had some mental health problems but we were able to get him a flat with our support and we all chipped in.

“I even took him to Dorchester the Monday before he went missing and he was really happy and jolly.

“He was a loving dad. He was a caring brother and he was very protective of his sisters. When dad died 15 years ago, Mum always learned on him for support.

“He always worked hard and he was a long distance lorry driver.

“I saw him on the Wednesday and he wasn’t quite right. I remember smacking his bum when I left and that was the last time I saw him.

“He was a gentle giant really. He was six foot three and had a bit of a belly on him. You don’t expect to put your brother to rest at 48.”

Tyrone had been visiting his mum, Jean Adams, in Crewkerne during the day he went missing and had been doing some gardening work for her.

She said: “He was a very good hearted person. He would help anybody who was in need, even if it was a stranger.

“We were very close. He loved gardening, he really enjoyed gardening. He loved lorry driving and when he got back on his feet he was going to buy a lorry and go into business.

“He thought the world of his children and he used to take them on holiday to Spain and around England. He would go without to give to his children.

“The last time I saw him, he said, ‘whatever you do mum, don’t give up’.”

Mr Adams’ post mortem has been completed but the cause of death was ‘unascertained’, according to Mrs Lewis.

Tyrone had two sisters, Tracey Brown and Beverley, a half sister Angela and a half brother Roy. He had five children; Lee, Katie, Ainsley, Tyler and Alfie.