Search of land­fill site for miss­ing man ends

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

THE body of a ‘charm­ing and lov­ing’ man who is be­lieved to have died dur­ing an in­dus­trial ac­ci­dent at a Wolver­hamp­ton waste firm has not been found, de­spite a nine­week po­lice search.

David Wil­lis, aged 29, was re­ported miss­ing by his mother when he failed to re­turn home from work at Tim­mins Waste in Man­der Street, on Septem­ber 15.

Po­lice en­quiries led of­fi­cers to search Po­plars Land­fill Site in Can­nock.

But de­spite a de­tailed and painstak­ing search there, Mr Wil­lis’ re­mains have not been found.

The search was con­cluded at the end of Novem­ber.

West Mid­lands Po­lice con­tin­ues to li­aise with the Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive as en­quiries con­tinue to es­tab­lish how Mr Wil­lis died.

His fam­ily have been kept in­formed at all stages.

In a trib­ute, Mr Wil­lis’s fam­ily said: “David’s a dear, lov­ing son and brother to Emily and Sean and a de­voted and lov­ing un­cle to his nephew, Lewis, who he wor­shipped.

“David was a fun-lov­ing per­son who would get on with all peo­ple he would also go out his way to help peo­ple if he could. David had many friends and fam­ily mem­bers who will sadly miss his fun charm­ing per­son­al­ity.

“You were taken so sud­denly from us in such a tragic way you will al­ways be re­mem­bered no mat­ter what.

“Your love and charm will carry on for­ever and al­ways.”

An in­quest will be opened in due course.

A spokesper­son for Biffa, which owns the site, said: “Biffa can con­firm that, at the re­quest of the po­lice, we are fa­cil­i­tat­ing a search at our Po­plars Land­fill site in Can­nock.

“This fol­lows the de­liv­ery of ma­te­rial by a third party to our site on Sun­day, Septem­ber 16.”

Tim­mins Waste Ser­vices Ltd de­scribes it­self as a fam­ily-run busi­ness of­fer­ing skip hire and re­cy­cling ser­vices, and is based in Wolver­hamp­ton.

> David Wil­lis

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