Police say a body found in Scarborough last Thursday is believed to be Mr Brown, of Whitby, who was last seen in Scarborough in May 2019. The body has yet to be formally identified.
Faye Noble, admin for the Facebook group Pete Brown Search and Updates, posted a message on the page on Sunday afternoon on behalf of Pete's wife Natalie. It read:
“TO ALL THE ADMINS, PAST & PRESENT:
“From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you all for the time you’ve given up to help this search to find my lovely husband. You have not only given time but you have all cared, with a passion.
“From Sarah getting this site going to a search with Lisa involving her carrying me over a river of water, from Gra Lindo & Faye 's endless ideas, the numerous treks/dodgy driving around forests with Mary to Rachel 's fierce investigation of possible sightings, & I can’t put into words how much Jig has been there for me - he has the biggest heart, you have all been AMAZING!
“You have all helped me & my family through this, more than you’ll ever know. Pete would be proud of the team of ‘hard knocks with a heart’ I have had behind me & his search. “I love you all, Nat
“My family & I have been overwhelmed by the amount of people willing to help find our missing loved one.
“On behalf of my whole family, please know we are eternally grateful for the time you have given, & the caring & kind support you have shown.
“Thank you a million times over.”