Moving tribute to 'fun loving' Jason Cook, found dead near Soudley
TRIBUTES have been paid to Jason Cook, who was found dead in woodlands near Soudley.
Concerns were raised at the weekend after the talented pool and snooker player, who lived in Broadwell, went missing.
The 31-year-old's white Vauxhall Corsa was left at the entrance to a Forestry Commission track in Soudley, near Cinderford, on Saturday.
Family and friends took to Twitter and Facebook to appeal for help in finding Jason, who worked at Cinderford injection moulding firm Capmark, and he was officially reported missing on Monday morning. A member of the public found his body a few hours later, at about 5.30pm, after police launched a search for him. A spokesman said the circumstances were not suspicious.
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Jason's half-brother Richard Nelmes, to whom he was very close, paid a moving tribute.
"I remember when we were small, being so cross that you had taken my room at nan's but as years passed we grew so close.
"As children we played together and as adults we worked together and as brothers we bonded together forever.
"You had such an impact on my life and I will miss you every day. I hope you have found your peace and are happy back with nan."
Richard's partner Suzanne Freeman said the half-brothers were brought up largely by their grandparents.
She said: "He was a funny chap and had a massive smile."
Jason was part of the Bream Snooker Club team which won the Gloucestershire Snooker League twice in a row in 2009-2010.
Fellow player and friend Chris Edey said: "He was quite quiet but always had a smile on his face and once the party got going, he was the life and soul.
"He was a fun, lovely bloke. He had lots of friends and everybody who met him wouldn't have a bad word to say about him."