Dad found dead 10 months after sending wife tragic text was ‘most wonderful’ man

A grieving wife whose husband’s body was found 10 months after he went missing has paid a heartbreaking tribute.

Joshua Jones, 29, was last seen on December 12 when he told his loved ones he was going to the pharmacy.

He later texted his wife Talia to say nothing was her fault and “I love you to the moon and back” before switching off his phone.

But police confirmed earlier this month that a member of the public found Joshua's body in a secluded part of Clough Woods, Derbyshire, on October 4.

Remembering her husband, Talia Jones, 40, said: “Josh was and is the most wonderful, thoughtful, caring, amazing, compassionate, funny, intelligent and handsome gentleman I have ever met.

“It was a privilege to be chosen as his wife and the mother to his beautiful son.

“Words cannot explain how utterly broken we all are that he is gone.

“My heart will belong to you Josh, forever.

“I love you to the moon and back my handsome Mr Jones. I pray that you have the peace you were looking for.

“I can’t believe you are gone.”

Talia added that she was “overwhelmed” with the support the family has continued to receive and thanked everyone who helped in the search.

Last month Talia told the Daily Star in a heartfelt plea that their son, Luke, three, was still asking where his daddy was.

She said: “He calls out for him in his sleep and he will see a binman walk past the house and he will recognise the uniform and you see his little brain thinking that it looks like his dad.

“He still points to pictures and says ‘dad’.”

She added: “I just want Joshua to know I love him to the moon and back too.

“The door is always going to be wide open and our arms will always be open and my heart is going to stay open for him forever.”

A GoFundMe was set up after Joshua’s body was found and has so far raised £1,500.

The organiser, Phoebe Smart, wrote: “I want to reach out to everybody that has been following his story to help raise some money for his parents who have continued to get up and go to work through this whole thing.

“Andrew and Fiona deserve to financially take some time from work to finally grieve for their son in peace without the worry of living expenses and to give their boy the send of his deserves.

“Joshua was an incredibly intelligent man who touched the hearts of everyone he met.”

A file is being prepared for the coroner and Debryshire Constabulary said their thoughts are with Joshua's family.

The police force also confirmed there are thought to be no suspicious circiumstances surrounding Joshua's death.

You can donate to the GoFundMe to support Joshua's family here.

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.

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