HAMPSHIRE Constabulary has confirmed the body found in Alice Holt Forest is that of missing diplomat, Richard Morris.

The 52-year-old from Bentley was last seen running on May 6, with police discovering his body on Monday, August 31.

Paying tribute to him, his family said: "From childhood European holidays via a US university scholarship to Ambassador to Nepal, Richard loved to travel.

“Described as funny, kind and smart by his diplomatic colleagues, he worked for the FCO with professionalism and integrity for nearly 30 years.

“His empathy and kindness to those around him earned him respect wherever he went, evidenced by the messages of love, friendship and support we have received from all over the world.

“Richard was always a runner, cheerfully describing himself as ’more of an enthusiastic weekend trail runner than podium finisher’. "Nevertheless he had completed five marathons on four continents, most recently in Nepal, where he raised money for Changing Faces - the UK charity of which he was a trustee.

“But above all else, Richard was a family man. A loving and loyal husband, father, son and brother. He showed us the world but he was our world and we are devastated by his loss.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the organisations and individuals who have supported us over the past few months.”

Hampshire Constabulary confirmed the family were being supported by specialist officers, and gave its thanks to all those who assisted in the investigation.