Missing Walsall pensioner found dead in canal

Hi folks – very bad news I’m afraid just in from West Midlands Police – thanks to all who shared and retweeted, and thanks to the huge number who went out looking, too.

Sadly, Missing pensioner Sidney Edlin has been found dead in the canal in Leamore Lane.

I’d ask readers to be sensitive in any comments please, both here and on social media. 

My condolences and heartfelt sympathy to Sidney’s family. 

News Release 

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Missing Walsall pensioner found dead in canal 

A body found in a Black Country canal this morning has been confirmed to be that of missing Walsall pensioner Sidney Edlin. 

Police had issued several appeals for sightings of Mr Edlin after he went missing from his home in Rowlands Avenue, Bentley, last Thursday (Apr 2). 

And at 10.50am this morning (Apr 6) officers received a call from a member of the public in Leamore Lane reporting what they believed to be a body floating in a nearby stretch of the Wyrley and Essington canal. 

The body has been visually identified as being 84-year-old Mr Edlin − at this stage his death is not being treated as suspicious. 

Inspector Kelly Monaghan from Walsall Police said: “This is a very sad discovery as we were desperately hoping to find Sidney and reunite him with his family. Our thoughts go out to all his family and friends.” 

 Issued by Brigg Ford on 06/04/2015 13:24:34

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