Stoke & Staffordshire

Missing Thomas Haddock: Body found in wood near Fradley

Thomas Haddock
Image caption Thomas Haddock had made a number of calls to friends on the night

Police searching for a 21-year-old man who went missing in Staffordshire one week ago have found a body in woods.

Thomas Haddock, from Cheltenham, went missing last Saturday night on his way to meeting friends in Lichfield.

Rescue teams have been scouring the area between his mother's home in Kings Bromley and Fradley and have searched the nearby Trent and Mersey Canal.

The body, believed to be that of Mr Haddock, was found in Riles Spinney off Common Lane near Fradley on Saturday.

Staffordshire Police said the body was found by a member of the public at about 14:30 GMT.

They are not treating the death as suspicious but a report is being prepared for the coroner.

Facebook appeal

"Although formal identification of the man has yet to take place, it is believed to be Mr Haddock," said a police spokeswoman.

"His family have been informed and are being offered support," she added.

Mr Haddock had left his mother's house at 19:30 GMT on 18 February. He had decided to walk into Lichfield rather than wait for a taxi.

He was last seen at Fradley junction at about 21:45 GMT when he asked directions back towards his mother's house.

Mr Haddock's sister Emily set up a Facebook page to appeal for information.

It highlights how she and a number of friends missed calls from Mr Haddock between 2100 and 0245 GMT that night.

Staffordshire Police placed a statement about the body being found on the page. Numerous people have left messages of condolences.

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