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Body found in search for missing baby

Troy Simpson

By Andrew Barrow
BRITISH police searching for a missing six-month-old baby boy said last night they had found the body of a young child on waste ground near his home.

West Midlands Police officers sealed off an area of rough ground in the Smethwick area of Birmingham, just 300 yards from the home of Troy Simpson, who was reported missing by his family on Tuesday.

A police spokesman said: "Police officers searching for missing baby Troy Simpson can confirm that they have recovered the body of a young child from a culvert off Stanhope Road."

The identity is not yet known, the death is being treated as suspicious and a post mortem will be held.

Two men and two women - some thought to be related to Troy - are being questioned by police.

At a press conference yesterday, Superintendent Andy Bebbington said the child disappeared after being put to bed on Monday night and was reported missing when his grandmother noticed he was not in his bed on Tuesday morning.

He lived with his mother and grandmother although his mother is not thought to have stayed at the house on the night he disappeared.

Police refused to say whether Troy’s mother was among the four arrests.

Supt Bebbington said: "The house was in a situation where an intruder would have been very unlikely to be able to enter and to remove the child without intimate knowledge of the premises."

The area of wasteland was being guarded by five uniformed officers. Forensic experts were at the scene.

Some residents had been told they could not return to their homes, which back on to the cordoned off area.

Sharon Elliott, who one of those told that she could not return home, said: "The house backs on to the area they are looking at - it is just open land with a brook running through it.

"People just tend to walk their dogs over there."

 

Body found in search for missing baby

Troy Simpson

By Andrew Barrow
BRITISH police searching for a missing six-month-old baby boy said last night they had found the body of a young child on waste ground near his home.

West Midlands Police officers sealed off an area of rough ground in the Smethwick area of Birmingham, just 300 yards from the home of Troy Simpson, who was reported missing by his family on Tuesday.

A police spokesman said: "Police officers searching for missing baby Troy Simpson can confirm that they have recovered the body of a young child from a culvert off Stanhope Road."

The identity is not yet known, the death is being treated as suspicious and a post mortem will be held.

Two men and two women - some thought to be related to Troy - are being questioned by police.

At a press conference yesterday, Superintendent Andy Bebbington said the child disappeared after being put to bed on Monday night and was reported missing when his grandmother noticed he was not in his bed on Tuesday morning.

He lived with his mother and grandmother although his mother is not thought to have stayed at the house on the night he disappeared.

Police refused to say whether Troy’s mother was among the four arrests.

Supt Bebbington said: "The house was in a situation where an intruder would have been very unlikely to be able to enter and to remove the child without intimate knowledge of the premises."

The area of wasteland was being guarded by five uniformed officers. Forensic experts were at the scene.

Some residents had been told they could not return to their homes, which back on to the cordoned off area.

Sharon Elliott, who one of those told that she could not return home, said: "The house backs on to the area they are looking at - it is just open land with a brook running through it.

"People just tend to walk their dogs over there."

 

Body found in search for missing baby

Troy Simpson

By Andrew Barrow
BRITISH police searching for a missing six-month-old baby boy said last night they had found the body of a young child on waste ground near his home.

West Midlands Police officers sealed off an area of rough ground in the Smethwick area of Birmingham, just 300 yards from the home of Troy Simpson, who was reported missing by his family on Tuesday.

A police spokesman said: "Police officers searching for missing baby Troy Simpson can confirm that they have recovered the body of a young child from a culvert off Stanhope Road."

The identity is not yet known, the death is being treated as suspicious and a post mortem will be held.

Two men and two women - some thought to be related to Troy - are being questioned by police.

At a press conference yesterday, Superintendent Andy Bebbington said the child disappeared after being put to bed on Monday night and was reported missing when his grandmother noticed he was not in his bed on Tuesday morning.

He lived with his mother and grandmother although his mother is not thought to have stayed at the house on the night he disappeared.

Police refused to say whether Troy’s mother was among the four arrests.

Supt Bebbington said: "The house was in a situation where an intruder would have been very unlikely to be able to enter and to remove the child without intimate knowledge of the premises."

The area of wasteland was being guarded by five uniformed officers. Forensic experts were at the scene.

Some residents had been told they could not return to their homes, which back on to the cordoned off area.

Sharon Elliott, who one of those told that she could not return home, said: "The house backs on to the area they are looking at - it is just open land with a brook running through it.

"People just tend to walk their dogs over there."

 

Body found in search for missing baby

Troy Simpson

By Andrew Barrow
BRITISH police searching for a missing six-month-old baby boy said last night they had found the body of a young child on waste ground near his home.

West Midlands Police officers sealed off an area of rough ground in the Smethwick area of Birmingham, just 300 yards from the home of Troy Simpson, who was reported missing by his family on Tuesday.

A police spokesman said: "Police officers searching for missing baby Troy Simpson can confirm that they have recovered the body of a young child from a culvert off Stanhope Road."

The identity is not yet known, the death is being treated as suspicious and a post mortem will be held.

Two men and two women - some thought to be related to Troy - are being questioned by police.

At a press conference yesterday, Superintendent Andy Bebbington said the child disappeared after being put to bed on Monday night and was reported missing when his grandmother noticed he was not in his bed on Tuesday morning.

He lived with his mother and grandmother although his mother is not thought to have stayed at the house on the night he disappeared.

Police refused to say whether Troy’s mother was among the four arrests.

Supt Bebbington said: "The house was in a situation where an intruder would have been very unlikely to be able to enter and to remove the child without intimate knowledge of the premises."

The area of wasteland was being guarded by five uniformed officers. Forensic experts were at the scene.

Some residents had been told they could not return to their homes, which back on to the cordoned off area.

Sharon Elliott, who one of those told that she could not return home, said: "The house backs on to the area they are looking at - it is just open land with a brook running through it.

"People just tend to walk their dogs over there."