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Darren Waller
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SCORES of well-wishers have joined a website page set up in memory of tragic dad Darren Waller.

Since a page called R.I.P Darren Waller was set up on social networking site Facebook in the early hours of Saturday, more than 1,500 people have joined up to pay their respects.

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Touching messages were left on the site for both Darren and his family, including ex-wife Lisa Gleaves, 36, and their three daughters, Kayleigh, 16, Ellie, eight, and five-year-old Leah and his mum Kathleen, 61.

Some people have been so touched by what has happened that they have sent messages despite not even knowing Darren.

One well-wisher said: “doesnt seem real wen all this time looking for you...my thoughts r with your family such a sad loss ....r.i.p.darren xxx.”

Another wrote: “RIP mate, i never knew you but i know a lot about you and am sooo sorry, respect to your family, and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.”

A third wrote: “R.I.P darren carnt believe ur gone m8, ur princess`s r gunna miss u like crazy, u wer a gud lad m8. luv julie n sean xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”

Another said: “i didnt no darren,but what i have read about him he was a kind careing and bestest daddy! my thoughts and prayers are with all his family!xx”

The tragic story of the 36-year-old Hartlepool dad of three has touched the hearts of thousands of people since he went missing on January 9.

An extensive search for him included door-to-door inquiries, an exhaustive search of areas of the town and his family appearing on BBC1’s Missing programme, appealing for information on his whereabouts.

But the search sadly came to an end last week when a heavily decomposed body was found on grassland near The Phoenix Centre, in Ainderby Walk on Hartlepool’s Central Estate.

Police confirmed the body was that of Darren on Friday and his brother, Steven Waller, 48, told the Mail yesterday the family now had some closure.