THE FATHER of a 23-year-old man from Monmouthshire who died last week has paid tribute to his "deeply-loved" son. 

After being reported missing on Wednesday, February 5, Gwent Police confirmed the news of Mr Picken's passing after finding a body at 3.45pm in the Kymin area of Monmouth on Friday, February 7. 

Rob Picken, Jacob's father, said his loss was "indescribable" after he was informed of his son's death on Friday evening. 

"Thank you for being such a wonderful friend to us all," Mr Picken said. 


"The community in the town, Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools, Monmouth Comprehensive School, Osbaston School and Monmouth Rugby Club are all rallying around.

"Our thanks to Gwent Police and emergency services in all they have done in the past few days. 

"Jacob only ever knew how to express love and kindness, our hearts are broken for the loss of the gentlest soul."

Mr Picken asked for privacy for his family, and added: "Know that we are reaching out to you all in our hearts and drawing strength from knowing that Jacob was deeply loved by so many."

Gwent Police have confirmed that they are not treating the death as suspicious.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Jacob at this difficult time," reads a Gwent Police statement.