The heartbroken relatives of a man found dead on the beach in Blackpool months after he was reported missing have opened their hearts to speak of their grief.
Human remains discovered on the sands at Bispham last month have been revealed as those of Calum Terras.
The former Highfield School pupil was just 27 when he went missing from his Fleet Street home, in Blackpool town centre, on January 5.
In a heartfelt statement, his family told how Calum, who worked as a ward clerk at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, had battled bravely with depression.
It said: “We are an extremely close family and have been deeply worried since he went missing.
“Now we are going to have to come to terms with life without him, which will never be the same.”
Despite repeated appeals, including an emotional plea from his family in The Gazette, efforts to find him were unsuccessful.
Now, following extensive forensic tests on the body parts discovered on August 16, police have confirmed the news Calum’s family feared.
His brother, Iain, said: “Calum did try his hardest to seek help, even trying to admit himself to a mental health hospital.
“He truly was an amazing and a kind loving person. He would go out of his way to please anyone who crossed his path and would bend over backwards to make a small difference in people’s lives.”
He told of his sorrow that Calum never got to see his new-born nephew.
Archie Calum Terras was born in May – four months after his uncle had been reported missing.
Iain added: “Archie is a beautiful, happy boy just like Calum before the mental illness.
“I was the closest person to Calum, as we shared a room at my nan’s for 15 years – he was my ‘go to’.
“Calum would find strengths in people and would encourage them to try and reach their goals in whatever it may be in life.”
Police said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a file has been passed to the coroner.
Calum was last seen alive by his grandmother when he left the home at around 6.55am on January 5, saying he was going to get his hair cut and visit his doctor.
His family said it later transpired he had no appointment with his GP.
After studying computer engineering at Stafford University he started working at the Department for Work and Pensions in Blackpool.
He went on to work at Blackpool Victoria Hospital but began to struggle with depression last year, his family have previously said.
Speaking after detectives confirmed the body parts on the beach were Calum’s, his relatives praised police for their efforts.
In a statement, family members said: “Our Calum, – or Uncle Cal as he was affectionately called by his nephew Alfie – was a much loved son, grandson, brother, cousin and friend who was a decent, caring, intelligent, considerate, witty man with old school values.
“He was very funny and had great banter, particularly with his siblings and his cousins.
“A family friend only recently commented that the world will be a worse place without him and, for us, that is certainly true.”
And relatives spoke of Calum’s battle with depression as they paid tribute to a “sweet-natured” person.
The statement added: “He always said that he didn’t want to die or be a burden – he just wanted to be happy.
“We know he is now no longer suffering with his demons and hope in time that will give us some comfort.
“He gave 110 per cent to try and help himself recover from his depression and he fought it as best he could.
“As a family would like to express our thanks to all of the public who helped us in our search to find Calum and also everyone who has passed on their well wishes and condolences since we were given this heartbreaking news.
“We would like to say a special thank you to the police, particularly our family liaison officers Det Sgt Kathryn Riley and Det Con Emma Shuttleworth.
“They have been extremely helpful, sensitive, open and honest throughout.
“We hope that Calum’s death will raise awareness of the suffering of lots of young men due to mental illnesses and that people fully realise that depression is like any other illness of the body, it’s just that it affects a person’s mind.”