Thursday, 24 April 2008


James Hughes.

22 year old PWD, he had a mental age of 18 months.  Or so reports the news stories.  James and his mother went missing on Friday.  Her body was found earlier this week and his body was found yesterday.  Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murdering James.

It's a news headline on Yahoo! this morning.  And they were reporting it on our local radio news bulletins this morning too.  I haven't seen any of the papers yet today.  I'm glad (that's the wrong word but it's all I can think of) that if such a tradegy had to occur at least it seems to be getting some coverage.  But obviously, it sickens me that crimes such as these occur.

Here's one of the many online stories I have read (from Yahoo!):

A body discovered on Wednesday is that of a missing disabled man whose mother was found hanged earlier this week.

West Mercia Police said officers would need to study dental records in order to formally identify the remains of James Hughes.

A man and a youth arrested on suspicion of murder late on Wednesday remain in custody at Redditch and Kidderminster police stations. The suspects' ages have not been released and officers have also refused to say whether they were known to James.

A spokesman for the force said it was believed that the body, found at the family home in Redditch, Worcestershire, was that of the 22-year-old.

James and his mother, Heather Wardle, were reported missing last Saturday, a day after the 39-year-old mother-of-four left home, saying she was going to visit a friend.

Formal identification of James' body is expected to take some time, the police spokesman added.

Superintendent Jane Horwood added: "The post-mortem should give us more information about how and when James died.

"What started out as a missing persons inquiry has tragically become an investigation into two deaths.

"While we never gave up hope of finding both Heather and James alive, we were extremely concerned about both of them right from the start, and our fears for James obviously increased after the discovery of his mother's body.

"This is without doubt one of the saddest cases West Mercia Constabulary has dealt with and the events of the last few days have left residents of Church Hill and the wider Redditch community shocked."#

I will be following the developments here closely.

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