Royal Engineer’s body found in the woods near his home

Warrant Officer Robert McAvoy’s body was found in woodland near his home in Dorchester after he allegedly took his own life.

The Royal Engineer, who lived in Bovington, Dorset, went missing from his home on Monday night, prompting a major police search.

But unfortunately the 39-year-old’s remains were found in the early hours of Tuesday morning eight miles away in a secluded area at Crossways, near Dorchester.

Originally from Netherthird in East Ayrshire, friends say he visited every military ‘hot spot’ that flared up during his career.

His uncle, Richard Barrie, said the soldier, affectionately known as ‘Rab’, was ‘loved by everyone’.

‘It’s with a heavy heart that that we have found out that another serving solider, my nephew Robert McAvoy, has taken his own life,’ he said.

‘Loved by everyone, Robert was always there to help people. This boy will be sadly missed by us all.’

In a post on social media, fellow serviceman Alastair Lindsay, suggested the married father has been suffering from mental health problems.

He said: ‘RIP Rab if these gremlins were in your head you should have talked about it doing this most of the time they go away. Take note others who are suffering – talk about it. Life is to valuable.’

A spokesman for Dorset Police said on Tuesday morning: ‘A search of the area was carried out into the night. Very sadly, the body of a man was discovered in a remote area near Crossways. His death is not being treated as suspicious.’