Body found in search for miss­ing woman

Dev­as­tated fam­ily and friends pay trib­ute to much loved ‘Earth child’

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A BODY be­lieved to be that of Bron­wyn Davies who went miss­ing on New Year’s Day has been found at a coun­try park.

The 60-year-old di­a­betic left her West Dray­ton home with­out her in­sulin, spark­ing con­cern among her fam­ily and lead­ing to a po­lice search.

Po­lice re­ceived a call on Sun­day to say a body had been found at Lake Farm Coun­try Park, in Hayes.

A sec­tion of path in the park was cor­doned off this week, to­gether with part of the canal tow­path, near to The Wool­pack club in Daw­ley Road.

The body has yet to be for­mally iden­ti­fied, but of­fi­cers say they are con­fi­dent it is that of the mother-of-one.

They say they are cur­rently treat­ing the death as un­ex­plained but be­lieve it was the re­sult of nat­u­ral causes.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion car­ried out on Mon­day proved in­con­clu­sive and blood sam­ples have been sent away for tox­i­col­ogy tests.

Miss Davies’ fam­ily have paid trib­ute to their loved one, de­scrib­ing her as a ‘free spirit’ and a ‘child of the Earth’. Her nephew, Si­mon Webb, 36, said: “She didn’t re­ally worry about rules or rou­tine or any­thing like that. She was a free spirit and ev­ery­one just al­ways en­joyed her company.”

He added: “We are just dev­as­tated that she’s gone but we have a de­gree of clo­sure now.”

Fears were par­tic­u­larly high as the Type 1 di­a­betic had left home with­out ei­ther her in­sulin or her in­haler, both of which she re­lied upon, and was be­lieved to be with­out money or a mo­bile phone.

She had also left half a cup of cof­fee in the mi­crowave, which po­lice said sug­gested she had in­tended to re­turn.

The re­tired phys­io­ther­a­pist was last seen at 11am on Jan­uary 1, sit­ting on wooden steps lead­ing up to the fields and walk­ways of Stock­ley Park.

CCTV cam­eras had also filmed her walk­ing along the Grand Union Canal tow­path in the di­rec­tion of Hayes, near to the premises of pipe man­u­fac­turer John Guest, in Hor­ton Road, West Dray­ton, at 10.28am on the same morn­ing.

Of­fi­cers searched the canal for days us­ing boats, divers and snif­fer dogs, while oth­ers on horse­back scoured the banks and a po­lice he­li­copter cir­cled over­head.

THE fam­ily of Bron­wyn Davies, who went miss­ing on New Year’s Day, have paid trib­ute to a ‘free spirit’ and ‘child of the Earth’, after a body was found.

The 60-year-old mother-of-one, who had Type 1 di­a­betes, van­ished with­out her in­sulin on Jan­uary 1, spark­ing a po­lice search.

A body be­lieved to be hers was found at Lake Farm Coun­try Park, in Hayes, on Sun­day.

Po­lice are cur­rently treat­ing the death as un­ex­plained but it is thought to be of nat­u­ral causes.

Miss Davies’ nephew, Si­mon Webb, 36, who lives in Belfast, said: “Bron­wyn was al­ways a very free-spir­ited per­son. She was never tied to one par­tic­u­lar lo­ca­tion. She was re­ally a child of the Earth. Wher­ever she went she was very popular. She would make lots of friends and she loved an­i­mals – she al­ways had a stray dog or five stray cats. And she was al­ways friendly with the lo­cal kids – very young at heart and very easy to talk to.”

Mr Webb, who lived with his aunt in Ire­land for a time, said the fam­ily, in­clud­ing Miss Davies’ daugh­ter, Ciara Mor­gan, took com­fort in know­ing their loved one, who was a Bud­dhist, be­lieved in an after­life.

He said: “Be­cause of her spir­i­tual na­ture she al­ways felt you were pro­gress­ing through life, and by be­ing good to oth­ers and liv­ing a good life in this world you would then evolve into a higher ex­is­tence beyond this one.

“I think that helps be­cause ob­vi­ously the sort of con­cerns we had were of Bron’s body be­ing out there in the cold for all that pe­riod of time, but I re­minded Ciara that wasn’t her mum; that’s just her body. Her spirit has moved on some­where bet­ter now. That would have been Bron’s view of things.” The body has yet to be for­mally iden­ti­fied, but of­fi­cers say they are con­fi­dent it is that of Miss Davies.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion con­ducted on Mon­day proved in­con­clu­sive but of­fi­cers be­lieve the death was the re­sult of nat­u­ral causes.

Blood sam­ples have been sent away for tox­i­col­ogy tests and an in­quest is ex­pected to be held in due course.

Mr Webb said: “We are just dev­as­tated that she’s gone but we have a de­gree of clo­sure now, and hope­fully the im­pli­ca­tion is that Bron­wyn’s pass­ing was peace­ful, and with her be­liefs that will bring some peace to the fam­ily.”

Miss Davies was born in Belfast and moved to Dublin in the late 1970s, dur­ing The Trou­bles. In 2006 she moved Saint-Ni­co­las, in south Italy, with her daugh­ter, Miss Mor­gan, 31, who moved to Hayes in 2010, re­lo­cat­ing to West Dray­ton shortly af­ter­wards.

Re­tired phys­io­ther­a­pist Miss Davies re­turned to he UK to live with her daugh­ter around 18 months later, as her health was de­te­ri­o­rat­ing be­cause of her di­a­betes.

She leaves her daugh­ter, Miss Mor­gan, sis­ter Geral­dine Webb, neph­ews Si­mon and Rowan Webb and niece Kirsty Hood, as well as her best friend, Groainne NiNeill.

Pay trib­ute to Bron­wyn at getwest­lon­don.co.uk

DIS­COV­ERY: Po­lice tape by the canal­side in Daw­ley Road, Hayes, next to a miss­ing poster. Be­low, Bron­wyn Davies who went miss­ing on New Year’s Day

n YOUNG AT HEART: Bron­wyn Davies pic­tured above with her daugh­ter, Ciara Mor­gan, and nephew Si­mon Webb in Ire­land in the early 1980s. Left, po­lice at the site at Lake Farm Coun­try Park where the body was found

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