Ewan Dow, 24, appeared on petition at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court yesterday, charged with the murder of Daniel Turner, whose body was found under a bridge in Town Park, Glenrothes, Fife, on Friday.
Dow, of Glenrothes, is also accused of assault, and faces two further charges, both of using threatening or abusive behaviour.
He made no plea or declaration at the hearing and was remanded in custody. He is next expected to appear in court on October 29.
In a statement issued earlier, Mr Turner's parents, who asked not to be named, said: "Daniel was a much-loved son, brother, grandson, family member and friend to many. He lived life to the full. He was a friendly and happy individual.
"He will be sorely missed by all who knew him."
It is understood that police found Mr Turner's body around 5am on Friday.
Officers are thought to have been searching for him in the area before making the grim discovery.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: "Inquiries are continuing.
"However, I would like to reassure the public that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident at this stage."