Police searching for missing Tom Edwards find body by railway line near Chippenham

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Police searching for missing husband Tom Edwards have found the body of a man by the railway line near Chippenham.

The body was found close to railway tracks between Chippenham and Bath shortly after 7pm this evening.
Mr Edwards' wife Dee, brother William and the rest of their family have been told of the discovery.

Mr Edwards has been missing since last Friday after leaving Rudi's bar in Swindon, where he had been at leaving party for a colleague at Nationwide.

Sector head for Chippenham, Calne and Corsham Inspector Phil Staynings said: “During our detailed searches of the Chippenham area, a body of a male was located shortly after 7pm this evening.

“Although formal identification has not yet taken place, we have alerted Mr Edwards' family of this incident.

“I would ask that Mr Edwards’ wife and family are left in private at this time.

"They have asked that any posters relating to Mr Edwards' disappearance are taken down.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local communities in both Chippenham and Swindon who have been assisting us with our enquiries over the past three days and to our partners at Wiltshire Search and Rescue.

“Finally, I would also like to extend my thanks to the local media for their help in publicising the missing persons appeal.”

Mr Edwards was at first thought to have caught a bus from Swindon on Friday but yesterday CCTV at Swindon railway station showed him getting on a train travelling to Bristol via Chippenham and Bath.

Wiltshire Police would still like to hear from anyone with information on this case to contact 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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