THE family of a teenager found dead has paid tribute to their "loving and caring" son.

Marc Williams from Uckfield was reported missing on Sunday, having not returned home from the Maresfield area on Saturday evening.

Police confirmed today that a body found in woodland surrounding the Heron’s Ghyll area late on Tuesday night has been formally identified as the 18-year-old.

In a statement released through Sussex Police, Marc’s family said: “Marc touched the hearts of so many people, and made their lives brighter with his loving, caring and thoughtful actions.

“We are feeling his loss every second and that will never change. Our hearts are broken.

“Rest peacefully, our cheeky boy. With so much love from Mum, Dad and your whole family.”

Marc's friend, Lewis Ashdown, has been charged with murder and was arrested in Eastbourne on Tuesday.

Ashdown, 19, of Normansland, Fairwarp, Uckfield, appeared in Brighton Magistrates Court today.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear before Lewes Crown Court tomorrow.

Ashdown had been out with Marc on Saturday evening at the village recreation ground in Maresfield.

Marc called his family about 11.30pm to say he was on his way home but did not return.

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Vickers said: "Our thoughts remain with Marc's family at this difficult time. They are being supported by specially trained officers and we ask that their privacy is respected.

"This is a fast-moving enquiry and we thank the public for their patience and understanding as we continue to carry out our work in the area.

"Anyone with information that may assist with our investigation is urged to report it to us immediately online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Skittle."