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Young man whose body was found in woodland had been devastated by death of close friend - inquest

A coroner has concluded that a young Telford man killed himself after being devastated by the death of a close friend.

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Ben Bond

The body of 21-year-old Ben Bond was found in woodland between Chapel Lane and Malory Drive in Aqueduct on June 24 after a coordinated missing person search by police and search and rescue teams.

Mr Bond was last seen at his home address in Dawley at 3.30pm on Sunday, June 18, and his disappearance sparked a police search.

John Ellery, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin senior coroner, said he was satisfied by circumstances that Mr Bond, a warehouseman from Dawley, had intended to take his own life.

Mr Ellery, sitting at the Coroner's Court, at Shirehall, Shrewsbury, said the purpose of the inquest was not to inquire into why Mr Bond had taken his own life but he said he had been "badly affected by the death of a close friend."

"Where the body was found would indicate that there was no prospect of him being found soon, or at all, until a coordinated search was carried out by police and search and rescue teams," said Mr Ellery.

Mr Ellery recorded a conclusion that Mr Bond's death had been suicide.

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