Jordan Cobb's friends stage lantern vigil on Plymouth Hoe
DOZENS of people who joined the desperate search for missing teenager Jordan Cobb gathered on the Hoe last night to pay tributes.
Jordan disappeared after jumping from a ferry travelling from Plymouth to Torpoint on New Year's Eve.
Scores of local people – friends and strangers – rallied to search the estuary and the Sound for the 16-year-old Stoke Damerel Community College student.
And last night – a day after a body of a young man was found in the Tamar – many of the searchers held a vigil in the bitter cold and wind near Smeaton's Tower and released Chinese lanterns.
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A teenager who had known Jordan "since before school", organised a Facebook page dedicated to his school friend and co-ordinated searches.
He said: "It's nice to get everyone back together and to know that our searches weren't in vain.
"Jordan's death hasn't really sunk in yet. We are all trying to support each other. It doesn't feel real."
Kev Bryant from Plymstock was one of many who joined in the desperate hunt for Jordan, even though he had never met the boy.
On one of the days he was part of a group who donned dry suits and swam from Mountbatten breakwater to Jennycliff Beach.
He also searched the area around St John's Lake and Fort Picklecombe.
And he finally joined a group of divers who searched around the breakwater in the Sound.
"It's closure," Kev said. "This brings it round full circle."
The search for Jordan finally came to an end on Wednesday evening when a body was found on the Torpoint side of the river close to the ferry terminal. Police said the body was "likely" to be Jordan.
Formal identification has not yet taken place, but the 16-year-old's family have been told of the discovery.
Police are investigating whether the teenager jumped for a £100 bet.
Jordan had been out celebrating New Year and was with a group of youngsters on the ferry.
He jumped overboard when the ferry was about 50 metres from shore and disappeared. His friends raised the alarm.
Hundreds of emergency services personnel, along with Jordan's friends and family, spent more than a week scouring the river, the river banks, coves and the seashore for any sign.
Police, the MoD, divers, helicopters, the RNLI and Dartmoor Search and Rescue were among those involved.
Last week Chief Superintendent Chris Singer said: "The quiet determination that has been shown to try to find Jordan is testament not only to the fact that this tragedy has touched a large number of people, but also to the professionalism displayed by the partner agencies involved.
An online donation page set up to help in the search has raised more than £1,600.
Twitter and Facebook groups were also set up to spread the message about the search.