Family in desperate appeal over murder mystery of M54 skeleton
THE family of a man whose body was discovered next to a motorway seven years after he disappeared have made an emotional appeal.
Surjit Takhar’s remains were discovered besides the M54 near Telford in August 2015. Surveyors spotted his skull near the barriers of the motorway.
A tooth revealed the identity as Mr Takhar. He had suffered facial, rib and wrist injuries before death. Police confirmed they are treating the death as murder.
Measuring plant growth and other evidence around the remains, officers concluded the body had been there since 2008, a year after Mr Takhar left his family. He had been married for 14 years and fathered three children before leaving the family home in Walsall in 2007 after he became a heavy drinker. Determined to turn his life around, he moved to Oldbury but disappeared a year into his self-rehabilitation. His former wife, Lavina told BBC Crimewatch: “Because of his drink, he’d go off for a week then come back. It was a pattern I was used to. When I found out he was gone for two weeks, I knew something was wrong.” She added: “The family reported him missing in October 2008, little did they know, it would be seven years until found.”
Detectives found blood at his Oldbury home shortly after he was reported missing.
Police are now asking from the Sikh community.
They are also appealing for an anonymous caller, who made contact in January 2016 regarding Mr Takhar’s remains being found at the side of the M54.
The caller was being transferred to the investigations team when they were cut off. They never called back and there has been no contact from the person again.
Anyone with any information regarding Mr Takhar’s disappearance and or his death, is asked to contact West Midlands Police on 101. his remains would be for help
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