THE family of an Easter Ross man who disappeared in April have confirmed the body found in the water near Invergordon is indeed him.
Shaun Banner’s devastated loved ones have paid a heartfelt tribute to the “incredible” support their community has offered over the past 10 weeks.
His family confirmed today that DNA testing of the body found on the shore of the Cromarty Firth on the afternoon of June 14 was confirmed to be Shaun.
They posted: “As most of you know, 10 weeks ago we began our search for Shaun.
“Our search stopped two and a half weeks ago when a body was found in the water in Invergordon. We finally got some answers earlier this week when we got the call to say there had a DNA match and that the recovered body was Shaun.
“As you can imagine, we were all crushed. It was never the outcome any of us wanted. Shaun was so loved, had the biggest personality, the most infectious laugh, the sense of wickedest humor, the biggest collection of cars, and an army of people who cared about him. He’s sure to leave a void in all of our hearts.
“We have received the most amazing support over the past 10 weeks and we have been truly blown away by the amazing people we have in our lives and in our community. You have carried us and continue to support us through the most hard time in our life and that is something we can never repay you.
“Thank you for everything!”
Shaun’s funeral will take place on Monday July 11 with details to be released later.
The Alness-based youth group The Place, who had helped with extensive searches by community volunteers, also posted their condolences to Shaun’s family and pledge for continued support.
It read: “We are heartbroken for Alan, Bexy, Hannella, Jack and the rest of Shaun’s family and friends.
“The support we have seen for this family over the past 10 weeks has been incredible, and we are so proud to live in this community with so many caring and caring souls.
“For the family, we are all here. To love, support and carry you through these difficult times. Shaun was loved by many, and he will forever live in our hearts.
“The last 10 weeks have been difficult to say the least, but we will always be here to support this truly special family.”