Fiancée pays tribute to partner after body found on island

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 April 2018

Sarah Jane Reeves and Dean Tate.

Sarah Jane Reeves and Dean Tate.


The fiancée of a ‘wonderful father’ whose body has been found on an island two months after going missing says his death has left a ‘hole in her heart’.

Dean Tate, aged 40, had last been seen during the early hours of February 24 at TA8 Bistro in Pier Street, Burnham.

The father-of-six’s disappearance sparked an extensive search involving both Avon and Somerset and Devon and Cornwall police, RNLI and Avon Fire and Rescue.

However, on Saturday Dean’s body was found on Stert Island, off Burnham, by a member of the public before it was recovered by coastguard and Burnham Area Rescue Boat crews.

His fiancée, Sarah Jane Reeves, has paid tribute to her ‘caring’ partner.

She told the Mercury: “Dean was always the funny man and the joker with a memorable laugh which will be missed by everyone he met.

“He always made me smile and his caring nature is what made me fall in love with him.

“I am sure all his sons will agree what a wonderful father he has always been and a hard worker.

“He brought so much to my life and we always sat and discussed our future.

“It is safe to say I will be lost without him but our children will keep me going until I can one day be with him again.

“He always doubted his self worth and the past two months have really shown how much he was cared about.

“His family and I will miss him very much and there will be a hole in our hearts which will never be filled now he is gone.”

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has thanked the support it received during the search from residents in both Burnham and Highbridge.

A Find Dean Tate Facebook page was set up to help emergency services with the search, as well as an online fundraising page to collect money to offer as a reward for any information which led to the discovery of Dean’s whereabouts.

Detective Inspector Richard Horsfall said: “This is not the outcome anyone wanted and our thoughts are with them during what is clearly a difficult time.

“While the community spirit shown has been warmly welcomed, I would now ask Dean’s loved ones are given the privacy they need.”

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