"He was one of a kind" - Family and girlfriend of Ky Parker pay tribute after body found in search for missing Sunderland man

The family of missing Sunderland dad Ky Parker have paid tribute to a ‘well-loved’ and ‘funny’ man after a body which is believed to be Ky was found in the River Wear.

Ky Parker with mam Julie Parker and girlfriend Charley Louise Smith.
Ky Parker with mam Julie Parker and girlfriend Charley Louise Smith.

Ky-Adam Parker, known as Ky, 37, was reported missing in the early hours of Sunday, May 23 after leaving an address in the Bede Street area of the city about 1am.

A search was immediately launched and police established his likely route on the morning in question, with a man matching his description spotted walking along the riverside path past the National Glass Centre towards Wearmouth Bridge.

Police say a body found in the River Wear is believed to be that of missing Ky Parker

His heart-broken family have now paid tribute to the ‘well-loved’ father.

Ky’s girlfriend Charley Louise Smith said: “Ky was a funny, loud, big character that will be missed by so many.

"He was one of a kind and I don't think I will ever have the pleasure of meeting anyone else quite like him.”

Charley had arranged searches in the hope of finding Ky and said she wanted to thank everyone who helped.

She said: "The way the community came together to help me and his family was heartwarming.”

Ky was a huge Dr Who fan and had a distinctive tardis tattoo on his hand.

Charley referenced the show and said: "Love you always Ky. To quote Dr Who, ‘This song is ending but the story never ends’.”

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Ky Parker with mam Julie Parker.

His mam Julie Parker from Wallsend, where Ky is originally from said: “We all think the world of him and everyone is still in shock but we’re pleased we’ve finally got him back.

"There’s a massive hole left in our family but we all loved him and he loved us – He was a very popular person and will be terribly missed by so many.”

Julie added: “He even fancied himself as a model when he was younger and he used to sing with his dad – I’ll miss him so much.”

There is not believed to be any third party involvement in the death and a report will be made for the coroner.

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