A TEENAGER has been found dead in woodland near Truro by two schoolboys.
Alex Philbey, described by friends as "generally perfect", is understood to have taken his own life in woodland near the village of Blackwater where he lived.
The 16-year-old Truro College student was discovered by the local pupils, believed to be aged 14 and 15.
Police and paramedics arrived after the incident was reported at 4.10pm on February 27.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "They were unable to resuscitate him and he was pronounced dead at the scene."
Alex was a former pupil at Richard Lander School in Truro. It is believed the children who discovered his body attend the school.
Head teacher Steve Mulcahy said: "This is such a tragic incident. Alex was a popular student and had friends across the school community. Many of our current students knew him well and clearly they have been struggling this week.
"They have been given a lot of support over the past few days and we are very grateful to the local authority along with Penhaligon's Friends, who have supported the school through this very sad time."
More than 400 people have joined a public remembrance page on the social networking site Facebook.
Chiarina Fletcher wrote: "One of my best friends and like a brother to me, known you since you were little.
"Such an amazing lad, always made people laugh, cannot believe what's happened.
"Wish you realised how many people actually cared, would of done anything for you! Had so many good memories with you."
Becky Burgess wrote: "Cannot think of one bad thing to say about him, he was generally perfect, still can't believe it."
And Adam Rosevear said: "Not one bad word to say about this lad, wish him a very warm rest in peace."
Alex's family told the West Briton they were too distraught to comment.
Cheryl Mewton, director of studies at Truro College, said: "Staff and students are greatly saddened by this tragic news.
"Alex was making good progress on his course. Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time."
Police said they were not treating the death as suspicious.