Radio 1’s Big Weekend reveller found dead after family launch frantic search

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“He had been dancing around and having a great time”

Gemma Braithwaite

Isaac Powner, 23, vanished during the festival on Saturday – prompting his family to begin a desperate search to find him. 

A message was sent to his family’s WhatsApp group at about 9.27pm, which was the last time they heard from him. 

Tragically, his body was found in a road near Stewart Park, Marton-in-Cleveland, minutes later at about 9.30pm close to where two vehicles were involved in a crash. 

His stepsister Gemma Braithwaite said the lad had been having “a great time” just hours before. 

She continued to praise Isaac, calling him “the most beautiful man with everything to live for”. 

Gemma told Teesside Live: “He had been at the festival with his family and was absolutely fine, he had been dancing around and having a great time. 

“They got separated and were trying to link back up with each other.

“At 7.20pm he sent a message saying he was by the waltzers. His cousin James, who was like a brother to him, went to look for him but couldn’t see him. 

“Then there was no communication until the message.”

His girlfriend Bethany Golden was distraught when she learned what had happened to her partner of over a year. 

She added the pair had just booked a holiday together for next year. 

An investigation has been launched into Isaac’s death and an inquest will be opened. 

Officers are now scanning CCTV footage to pinpoint Isaac’s last movements. 

The 23-year-old lived with his mum Suzie Henderson-Thynne in Linthorpe. 

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