Theatre group chairman pays tribute to missing teen

Miller Redpath of Wenhaston who has been missing since mid-August

Miller Redpath of Wenhaston who has been missing since mid-August - Credit: Archant

Tributes have been paid to missing teenager Miller Redpath, described by friends as enthusiastic, polite and never afraid to be different.

Police concluded their inquiries at the 18-year-old's home address in Wenhaston, near Halesworth, on Sunday afternoon, after officers found a body in the overgrown rear garden on Thursday.

Police have confirmed they are not treating the death as suspicious, and although officers have not yet identified the deceased and further tests are required, police say indications suggest it is the body of Mr Redpath.

A pupil at Langley School in Loddon, Mr Redpath was one of the 19 founder members of the Waveney Light Opera Group (WLOG) Rising Stars – a youth musical theatre group based in Beccles.

He appeared in their first show It's A Celebration in September 2010, and as Major-General Stanley in their 2011 production of The Pinafore Pirates.

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Chris Steed, chairman of the WLOG Rising Stars, said: 'His distinctive singing voice, very polite manner and mop of curly blond hair made him stand out from the crowd. Miller was never afraid to be different, in fact he almost went out of his way to be unique. His enthusiasm for everything we asked him to do was infectious and he quickly became a valued member of the close-knit Rising Stars 'family'. He will be sorely missed by us all.'

Mr Redpath had not been seen since August 13, when his widowed mother, Anastasia Miller, went to wake him. She however found him 'grumpy' and left him in bed.

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Three days later police responded to a report of a crime at the address but did not find Mr Redpath.

A second visit was made at the beginning of October. He was formally reported missing by Mrs Miller on October 15.

A Facebook page in memory of Mr Redpath has already received support from more than 1,300 people.

A Home Office post-mortem examination was carried out on Friday, which concluded that the cause of death was unascertained.

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