Body found in search for Keeley Bunker, 20, who went missing after gig in Tamworth

20 September 2019, 13:10

A body has been found in the search for Keeley Bunker who went missing after a gig
A body has been found in the search for Keeley Bunker who went missing after a gig. Picture: PA

By Asher McShane

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was discovered in a search for a woman who went missing after attending a concert.

Keeley Bunker’s friends and family issued urgent appeals for her on social media after she failed to return home from a gig last night.

She was last seen walking home in the Leyfields area of Tamworth, Staffordshire at around 4.30am.

Police said they found a body after officers went to Roman Way in Tamworth shortly after 9pm on Thursday.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody, the force added.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said they received reports of someone in the water near Edgar Close and sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

The woman was found when they arrived but the ambulance service said nothing could be done to save her. At the scene on Friday, forensic officers in white overalls could be seen in an area of Wigginton Park just off Edgar Close.

Keeley's mother Debbie Watkins launched a heartbreaking appeal on Facebook after she went missing at 4am on Thursday.

Ms Watkins wrote: "Hello has anybody seen Keeley Bunker since early hours of this morning? Please really worried.

"She went to a concert but hasn’t been seen since she walked home in leyfields abt half 4 this morning." Floral tributes were laid at the scene on Friday afternoon as friends addressed heartfelt messages to a young woman named "Keeley" - with one giving her the nickname "Bunker Face".

An appeal was launched on Thursday for help in finding a 19-year-old woman called Keeley Bunker who was last seen at 4am on Thursday in Leyfields, Tamworth.

One message left at the scene read: "Keeley, sending you all my love, you will be missed by all. Rest well xox."

Another said: "Keeley, I am going to miss you so so so much. Your laugh, smiley face and through and through beautiful soul!

"You are going to be missed by everyone lucky enough to have ever met you! Miss you already so much, until we meet again, sleep tight."

The group who laid the flowers hugged and placed their flowers by a tree before leaving the scene shortly after.

The entrance to the park was cordoned off to the public and officers stood guard at the scene as forensic officers continued work in three areas.

Police said they have increased their presence in the area as inquiries continue.

A post-mortem examination will take place in due course, the force said.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "We have cordoned off three areas for forensic examination as work continues to understand the circumstances around the woman's death.

"We would politely request that people refrain from speculating as to the circumstances of the woman's death as we continue to investigate.

"We have increased the police presence in the area as our investigations continue."