Body of Missing Football Player James Dean Was Found after a 4-Day Search in a Local Park
The Lancashire Police are not treating James Dean's death as suspicious following their discovery of his body in the Moscow Mill Street area.
Another tragedy strikes the football community as the body of former professional athlete James Dean was found by authorities yesterday afternoon.
Dean went missing on Wednesday night which led to an extensive search for him which lasted for four days. The body that was discovered has not been formally identified, but it is believed to be Dean.
Dean, a key player for Halifax Town and Chorley, was last seen around midnight on Wednesday in the Oswaldtwistle area near Blackburn, Lancashire.
Law enforcement invested time and resources in finding Dean, which eventually led them to find his body in a local park. The Lancashire Police released a statement on Facebook that reads:
"While the body has yet to be formally identified, it is believed to be Mr Dean. His family have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this time."
Dean was a towering figure on the football field. He stood 6,3 feet above the ground, allowing him to hold a demanding presence on the field. He started his career as a striker at Great Harwood Town but moved on in 2007.
His teammates and the coaching staff expressed that they already miss Jake and that he has left a void on the team.
After his time at Bury, Dean carried out his football dreams at Stalybridge, Hyde United, and then Harrogate Town. He played for FC Halifax Town for three years, starting in 2009.
Ex-footballer James Dean, whose body has been found four days after he went missing, was a "gentle giant" and a "goal machine", his teammates have said.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 10, 2021
In the wake of the 35-year-old football player's death, tributes have flooded social media in honor of the life Dean lived on and off the field. A section of the park's fence where his body was found has also been used for tributes.
Fans, friends and family came to place their flowers and letters. Many mentioned how much Dean was loved and his gentle nature. One note left at the park reads:
"RIP big man, you'll be sadly missed. See you around again someday. Love Sully, Sarah and family".
Share share share, good lad from the football network missing and his family are worried— Haydock F.C - (@haydockfc) May 7, 2021
Come home James dean 🤞 pic.twitter.com/xSIX0mwLvk
The Texas sporting community is also left in mourning following the death of Texas redshirt sophomore linebacker Jake Ehlinger, Sam Ehlinger's younger sibling.
The authorities found the young athlete's body when they responded to a call a few blocks away from the University of Texas's campus. The cause of death is not known, but the police are not considering his death suspicious.
Marine Football Club are saddened to hear the news regarding the death of James Dean.— Marine Football Club (@MarineAFC) May 9, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult period. pic.twitter.com/WL9CBkXKmA
Texas coach Steve Sarkisan and athletic director Chris Del Conte responded to the tragic news of Jake's passing with shock and sadness, both releasing statements.
Sarkisan shared that Jake's passion was the Longhorns and that he lived for his team. His teammates and the coaching staff expressed that they already miss Jake and that he has left a void on the team.