THE family of a 91-year-old man found dead have released a statement thanking the public and the police.

Gerard Doran's body was found on Wednesday on land between High Harrington and Salterbeck, Workington.

Thousands of people shared the appeal for information about Mr Doran’s whereabouts on social media and turned out for an organised search that was held on Wednesday.

The family said: “We would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to the people of West Cumbria for your support during this very difficult time.

"Without you, we may never have found Ged.

"You have given up your time to search, checked hours of CCTV, and sent messages of condolence to the family.

"This is the West Cumbria that Ged loved and the place he called home for the last 91 years.

"His memory will live on in our hearts and our words.

"We'd also like to thank Cumbria Police and partners for their compassion."