Tributes have poured in for a young engineer after police confirmed they found a body in the search for the missing 20-year-old.

It comes after a massive manhunt was triggered when young engineer Sam Smythson disappeared on Monday evening.

Officers grew increasingly concerned for his welfare and issued a public appeal in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

At 7.44am, Kent Police was called to Kingsnorth Woods in Ashford, where, tragically, the body of a man was found.

Sam worked as an engineer

The latest information from police says formal identification hasn't taken place, but that Sam's family had been informed.

Many of Sam's friends have taken to social media this afternoon to remember him.

One person wrote: "Rest easy up there Sam.

"Couldn’t believe our eyes and ears when we heard.

"Taken way to young. You were such a lovely lad. So sad our thoughts are with you and your family."

Another well-wisher said: "Sending all my love to everyone right now. Especially Sam's closest friends and family. Rest in peace Sam Smythson."

One other friend wrote: "Rest easy my friend such an amazing person you will be missed dearly big man."

A police spokesman added: "The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report is being prepared for the coroner."

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website .