TRIBUTES have been paid to a Midlothian man who was found dead in a canal in Amsterdam.
Chris Nelson, from Eskbank, was visiting a friend in the Dutch capital when he took a walk in the early hours of November 15, in the Nieuwmarket area of the city, and never returned.
An investigation was launched but, on Wednesday, his family confirmed a body discovered in Oudeschans canal was his.
The 24-year-old’s mother, Donna, posted on her Facebook page: “I’m broken beyond belief. I know mothers would say the same worldwide but you would have had to have known my son to know how he would have touched everyone’s heart.
“I’m truly broken.”
Her Facebook page has since been filled with hundreds of loving tributes.
Mary Lewis wrote: “Just don’t know what to say. Like everyone thinking of you all, a lovely young man. It’s so wrong.”
Lorraine Graham wrote: “Thinking of you and your precious family Donna. Chris was a lovely person inside and out.
“I’m so heartbroken for you and there’s no words I can say to ever imagine the pain you and your family are going through right now.
“You are all in my thoughts and prayers.”
Dutch police confirmed that Chris’s body was found in the canal but an investigation is still ongoing as to how he came to be there.
A spokesman for the Dutch police said: “We found him on Wednesday afternoon. We contacted his family and his body was identified.
“There is still an investigation ongoing as to how he came to be in the water.”
Mr Nelson was a former bar manager and NHS pharmaceutical technician, who previously worked at the Buffalo Grill in Stockbridge.
Before his disappearance, he had recently moved to Kaarst, just outside Dusseldorf, to live with his German fiancée, Stephanie Kollross.
The pair had been visiting a friend in Amsterdam when Chris went for a short walk at around 5.45am, telling Ms Kollross he could not sleep but failed to return.
Councillor Catherine Johnstone, leader of Midlothian Council, said news of the death has saddened the community.
She said: “We are all saddened to hear the awful and upsetting news.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”
Socialist politicians have previously made calls for canals to be made safer, following a large number of accidental deaths in Amsterdam.