Boy, 16, who went missing after splitting from girlfriend found dead in woods

Heartbreaking tributes have been paid to a teenage boy whose body was discovered in woodland at the weekend

Kieran Wood, 16, from Dewsbury Moor was reported missing to police on Friday afternoon.

Hours later, a member of the public contacted police to say had the body of a teenage male had been found in woods off Heckmondwike Road, Dewsbury.

It’s understood he had been upset after recently splitting up with his girlfriend.

An ambulance attended and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is not known how he came by his death but police say there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and the Coroner’s Office in Bradford has been informed.

His family have been informed and are being supported by officers.

One of his relatives, Sarah Lou Wood, had posted an appeal for information earlier begging for help and saying ‘everyone is worried sick’.

His 18-year-old cousin, Sophie New from Dewsbury Moor said: ‘We used to be so close but we just drifted apart when I started working.

‘I just wish he knew that he could have come and spoke to us. I’ll hate myself every day for not been there for him.

‘I love him with every inch of my body. I’ll never be the same again.’

An ex-girlfriend of Kieran’s said in a Facebook post: ‘I loved you with all of my heart you beautiful boy, if I could of done even more to help you
I would.

‘I really wish you was still here to tell me everything is gonna be OK but I know I can’t expect that anymore.

‘I wish you would of spoken to me sooner because I would of been there straight away.

‘I love you forever and always you gorgeous gorgeous boy. Thank you for all the good times you give me and everything you’ve ever done.

‘I just wish I could of helped you. I hope your looking down on me baby cause I am gonna do you proud I promise, everything you wanted me to do and achieve I will I promise.

‘I love you with all of my heart and that will never change.’

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: ‘At 11.30am on Saturday police were contacted by a member of the public who had found the body of a teenage male in woods off Heckmondwike Road, Dewsbury.

‘Ambulance attended and the male was pronounced dead at the scene. He has been identified as Kieran Wood, aged 16, from Dewsbury, who was reported missing from home on Friday afternoon.

‘His family have been informed and are being supported by officers.

‘There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and the Coroner’s Office has been informed.’