24th Feb, 2018

Body of Chelmsley Wood man found in M6 crash-site search

Sarah Mason 9th Feb, 2017 Updated: 13th Feb, 2017

THE BODY of a missing Chelmsley Wood man has been found in wasteland three weeks after his car crashed through a motorway barrier.

Zahid Mirza, 40, crashed on the M6 between junctions 4A, for the M42, and 5, near Coleshill, on January 15.

The car was abandoned and although West Midlands Police searched the immediate area at the time of the collision in January there was no trace of the driver.

Over the weekend worried family members told police they had not heard from Mr Mirza in the three weeks since the accident.

A police appeal was launched for information on his whereabouts and following two days of intensive searching by specialist search officers, a body was discovered in an inaccessible area of waste ground next to the motorway.

Temporary Detective Superintendent Tom Chisholm, from Force CID, said: “On Sunday (February 5) evening the search team discovered the body of a man in waste ground.

“The body has not been formally identified but family liaison officers have notified Mr Mirza’s family and are supporting them.”

A post mortem will take place in due course to establish the cause of death.

The force’s professional standards department will refer the matter to the IPCC as a matter of course in these circumstances.

Anyone with information about the crash should call Police on 101.

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