Tottenham's Wilson Palacios has returned to his native Honduras after the discovery of a dead body, believed to be his kidnapped younger brother.Edwin Palacios, 16, has been held captive for ransom since October 2007.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said Palacios left Spurs' team hotel in Liverpool at 0700 BST before the 0-0 Everton draw.
"The lad had heard from his family at one in the morning what had happened, and his brothers, I believe, have identified the body," he said.
"He sat around the hotel lobby with his case packed until 7am because he didn't want to wake me.
"I'm amazed with him. But we organised for him to be driven back to London so he could get a flight home."
Edwin, the youngest of five football-playing brothers, was seized by armed kidnappers from his home in the coastal town of La Ceiba following Wilson's move to Birmingham City in August 2007.
Honduran police say the Palacios family paid a ransom of $500,000 (£331,500) but the teenager was not released.
And the chief of police in Honduras suspected the body found 150 miles north of the capital Tegucigalpa was that of the teenager.
"According to all the evidence provided to the police, we think the bones are those of the young person, Palacios," said Nelson Osorio.
"The forensic doctors working in the public prosecutors office will analyse the remains and we don't know how long the process will take."
Palacios, 24, signed for £12m from Wigan in January, has been singled out for praise from former boss Steve Bruce as well as Redknapp for his dedication during his personal turmoil.
"He's a wonderful lad and if his brother was anything like him, he's one of the most respectful people I have come across, he's unbelievable," said Redknapp.
"His mother's been over visiting him on her first visit to England. And she left on Friday and is flying back home so she's travelling and won't know until she got home. I think it's been confirmed.
"You couldn't wish for a more calm and likeable lad, football is not really that important after this."