Body found in search for missing woman
Devastated family and friends pay tribute to much loved ‘Earth child’
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.
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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