Com­mu­nity ‘dev­as­tated’ af­ter man’s body found

Glamorgan Gazette - - News - ANNA LEWIS an­nal.lewis@waleson­

PO­LICE search­ing for a man who has been miss­ing for three weeks have dis­cov­ered a body.

The body of a man was found near a brook on Mar­las Road in Pyle, Brid­gend, shortly af­ter 7.30pm last Wed­nes­day.

An ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion about the where­abouts of Alan Gowans, 49, from the North Cor­nelly area, was made a week af­ter he went miss­ing on Au­gust 24.

South Wales Po­lice re­leased a state­ment last Thurs­day af­ter a man’s body was dis­cov­ered in Pyle.

A state­ment said: “We can con­firm that of­fi­cers search­ing for miss­ing per­son Alan Gowans have lo­cated a body.

“The body was dis­cov­ered near a brook on Mar­las Road, Pyle, shortly af­ter 7.30pm on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 13.

“For­mal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion has yet to take place but Mr Gowans’ next of kin have been in­formed of the dis­cov­ery.

“The death is cur­rently be­ing treated as unex- plained while in­quiries con­tinue.”

Lo­cal res­i­dents said a cor­don around the area was put in place, while the com­mu­nity is said to be “try­ing to get their heads around it”.

Pyle com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor Gina Hooper said the area had been left “dev­as­tated” by the dis­cov­ery of the body.

She said: “There have been a lot of peo­ple look- ing for [Mr Gowans]. The com­mu­nity have been left dev­as­tated about the body.”

Coun­cil­lor Stephen Smith, who serves the Pyle ward for Brid­gend coun­cil, said: “Thoughts go out to the fam­ily at a dif­fi­cult time.

“There’s a lot of shock and there’s a large po­lice pres­ence.

“Ev­ery­one is just try­ing to get their heads around it.”

An area be­hind flats on Mill Meadow in Pyle was cor­doned off, in­set top, af­ter a body was dis­cov­ered and, left, Alan Gowans who has been re­ported miss­ing

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