A TEENAGER drowned in the River Weaver after becoming separated from his friends during a night out in town.
Seventeen-year-old Michael Igoe’s body was dragged from the water on Monday after a police manhunt was sparked following his disappearance on Saturday night.
Six feet tall Michael, who worked for his family’s construction firm, was last seen leaving the Amber Lounge on Northwich High Street at 1am on Saturday.
His friends attempted to find him and called his mobile phone, but were directed to voicemail.
Police are now appealing for a woman to come forward who told door staff at the bar that she had seen a young man jump into the river. A pair of shoes were recovered on the river bank.
Until last summer Michael, of Royal Gardens, Davenham, had been a pupil at St Nicholas High School where he was well liked and popular. Prayers were held for him at the school on Tuesday.
A statement by the family said: "Michael was a very loving and caring son. Losing him so suddenly and at such a young age has been a great shock – we are all very distressed and upset.
"In order for us to try come to terms with our loss, we as a family would like to be left in peace to grieve and wish to spend this time with family and friends.
"Details of Michael's funeral will be released as soon as arrangements are made and the family welcome all who knew him.
"So the police can to piece together the last moments of Michael’s life we would urge members of the public who may have seen Michael after midnight to contact them with any information they might have."
St Nicholas headteacher Gerard Boyle said Michael left after his GCSEs and had been liked by everyone who had come into contact with him.
"A tall, handsome yet gentle person he had the most winning of smiles and a quiet charm and wit he never used against anyone," said Mr Boyle. "His sense of humour made him good to be with; he had nothing negative to say about anyone.
"Michael appeared the most relaxed person you could ever meet and yet when it mattered he would work long and hard, in and out of school, to achieve the goals that mattered to him.
"He knew a lot about how businesses work and he was pleased always to be able to bring to class his experiences and share them with his peers.
"He did well in his GCSEs and very well in those sports dear to his heart, particularly rowing.
"He knew his own mind and was determined to be as successful as his family wanted him to be."
"Michael will be sadly missed by the members of St Nicholas school and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."