Fam­ily in des­per­ate ap­peal over mur­der mys­tery of M54 skele­ton

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

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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