Ipswich: Friends in shock at sudden loss of ‘happy guy’ David

IPSWICH: Affectionate tributes and fond memories today continue to be shared by friends and family of a popular 22-year-old whose body was discovered in the river Orwell.

Those close to David Lee Dryden have called him a “lovely, courteous guy”. A family member said his parents had been left devastated by his death.

The results of a post-mortem on David’s body were due to be released today.

David’s body was discovered in the river near to Stoke Bridge on Saturday morning.

On Saturday night, friends organised a party celebrating his memory in Rendlesham, where dozens gathered to share stories and pay tribute.


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David, who attended Holbrook Primary School and the Royal Hospital School, was believed to have been a keen skater in the town’s park near Stoke Bridge.

The former Aberystwyth University student’s friend, Hamish Campbell, said: “He was just a happy guy with big ideas. He had a good energy and everyone down the skate park has been really emotional. Words can’t describe how his good friends are feeling right now.”

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At the time he was discovered, David was on the county’s missing person’s list.

On Friday, his mobile phone was found on the towpath close to the skatepark by a member of the public who contacted his family.

Relatives conducted their own search before contacting police later that day.

Rescuers searched the waterfront and found a hat on the river bank before David’s body was found by Suffolk Police at low tide, at around 8am on Saturday.

n Did you know David and would you like to pay tribute to him? Call the news team on 01473 324788 or e-mail starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

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