The employer of a Braunton teenager has paid tribute to him following his unexpected death at the weekend.

Jake McPhail, aged 18, who worked at SQ Bar and Restaurant, was found on the Tarka Trail by a dog walker just before 7am on Sunday, July 28.

Police said his death is not being treated as suspicious.

SQ owners Olly and Lucy Seymour paid tribute to their employee of three years with a moving Facebook post on Monday, July 29.

In a statement, Mr Seymour said: "It is with great sadness that I write this to let you know that our friend, colleague and all round wonderful young man and talented chef, Jake McPhail, has sadly passed away on Sunday, July 28.

"Words cannot describe the feeling that my staff and I are feeling but please be understanding with us if we do not seem quite ourselves in the next few days and weeks.

"Jake was a much loved son, brother and grandson whom I was very proud of, having overseen his development since he began working at SQ since he was 15. He will be dearly missed by me and all at SQ.

"Jake has now found his peace but has left a huge void in his absence which will never be filled.

"Rest in peace Jake."

Police said a file had been prepared for the coroner.