The family of a 13-year-old boy who died after being found in a park unconscious have paid tribute to their “cheeky little boy”.
Police have named the boy as Carson Price, from Hengoed.
They are treating the boy’s death as unexplained, but are focusing on “illegal substances being a contributing factor”.
His family said in tribute: “Carson was bright and caring, kind and loving, he was a cheeky little boy.
“He was the best big brother and was loved and will be missed by so many.”
Detective Chief Inspector Sam Payne said, “Although we await official medical confirmation of the cause of death, one of our main lines of enquiry focuses on illegal substances being a contributing factor.
“Specialist officers continue to support Carson’s family through this difficult time.
“I’d like to appeal again for anyone who has information that could help with our enquiries.
“If you can help, please call us on 101 quoting log 523 12/4/19 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Alternatively, you can send a direct message with information via our Gwent Police Facebook or Twitter social media pages.”
Christopher Parry, head teacher at Lewis School Pengam where Carson attended, said he was “devastated”.
“It’s with immense sadness that today I heard the news that one of our pupils has passed away,” he said.
“We are all devastated by this tragic loss.
“We will providing support for pupils in the weeks ahead but in the meantime my thoughts and prayers are with the family.
“There are no words…”