Gallery: Tributes paid to Aleasha Coan from Colchester

Aleasha Coan and family, husband Rob and sons Oliver aged 11 and Toby aged 10

Aleasha Coan and family, husband Rob and sons Oliver aged 11 and Toby aged 10 - Credit: Archant

The family of a woman who went missing from her Colchester home last week and whose body was later found in nearby countryside have paid tribute to her.

Aleasha Coan, 36, of Elmstead Road, went missing last Sunday and was tragically found last Tuesday after extensive searches.

Her body has now been formally identified.

Husband Rob thanked the public for their support for both their family and in helping with the search effort.

He said: “I would like to thank all those who attended the search. The public support from friends, relatives and people who just wanted to help was overwhelming and incredibly humbling.

“The kindness shown will live with me forever. I would especially like to thank Tania Browne and Nick Kitchen, whose personal support to me during the search and in the immediate aftermath has been incredible and without it I would I have found the last few days impossible to deal with, and Sacha Brackenbury and Mandy Fowler for their amazing efforts in publicising and gathering the public support.

“Most of all I would like to thank my two gorgeous boys who have turned into men in front of my very eyes. Their strength has amazed me and their courage inspired me.

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“They are definitely their mother’s children and she will be proud of them.”

Mr Coan also paid tribute to Aleasha.

“Today the light of my life left me to be in a better place,” he said.

“A place where she can be free of the illness that has imprisoned her in a body and mind that it crippled.

“She will no longer have the crippling internal pain that tortured her every day. She will no longer have to live in a world where people harm her without conscience or understanding.

“Her spirit is free to go where she wants, when she wants, and be with her boys all the time. The person she wanted to be but could no longer do whilst with us.

“Me and the boys will make you proud Lou Lou. We will have that Ed Sheeran dance when I see you again, but not yet.

“You were the most amazing person who captured my heart and entwined my soul. Be free my beautiful girl and be proud of what you achieved.

“Thank you for allowing me to share this world with you for the last 15 years and showing me what love and devotion is all about. I will miss your infectious laugh.

“My tears may last forever and I miss you so much already but I know you did not leave me to hurt me or the boys and that you loved us with all your heart.

“The fight you showed throughout the last two years whilst the love you gave to us showed that. Peace is now yours.”

Aleasha’s son Oliver, 11, added: “My mum was a wonderful person and was a friend to everyone she met. We will miss her greatly but are happy that people will remember her for who she was.”

Her other son Toby, 10, said: “To mummy. We are going to miss you. We love you very much and that will never stop.

“I know you will be in a better place now and we will all miss you.

“Mummy was a kind special mummy and we will miss you.”

Anybody wanting to make a charity donation as a tribute to Aleasha is asked to do so through ovarian cancer action in her name.