POLICE have confirmed that human remains found around the canal in Boothstown belong to the missing Peter Baglin.

Peter, 55, was reported missing when he didn’t return home from a walk along the Bridgewater Canal towpath in Boothstown, on Wednesday, December 28.

He was last spotted on CCTV cameras in a petrol station on the East Lancashire Road, and his belongings were found nearby the following day.

It is not believed there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and a file is being prepared for the coroner for the purpose of inquest proceedings.

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Leigh Journal: Police have now confirmed that a body found over the weekend has been identified as Peter BaglinPolice have now confirmed that a body found over the weekend has been identified as Peter Baglin (Image: GMP)

'My best buddy for almost 30 years'

Paying tribute to her “Pete”, Peter’s wife, Michelle said: “Today is a day we wished would never come and our family is absolutely devastated at the news of Pete’s passing.

“When I think of Pete, I think of him as my best buddy and after being together almost 30 years, we complemented each other perfectly.

“He was a fantastic father, grandfather and great-grandfather; to our three children, our four grandchildren and our great-grand child. 

"Pete was also a great brother to his two brothers. He was a much loved son and his mum and dad are being comforted at their home down south by Pete’s brother Paul and Paul’s wife, Katie.

“Over the last nine or so weeks, we have been endlessly searching for Pete.  I would like to pass on a huge thanks from our family to friends and members of the community who have turned out time and time again trying to help us find him.

“We would also like to thank Greater Manchester Police for maintaining contact with me every day since Pete went missing; and also for the constant support they have given me.

“We don’t know how we are going to move on from this day, but whilst we try and come to terms with our loss, and grieve Pete’s passing, we would ask that our privacy is now respected.”