Search of landfill site for missing man ends
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.
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