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Polish community shocked following discovery of body in Trowbridge wood
Trowbridge's Polish community has been shocked by the discovery of a body, believed to be that of missing Michal Motala.
The 31-year-old factory worker was reported missing from his Trowbridge home on September 2. He is thought to have been last seen near Staverton Marina on August 30.
Mr Motala’s family were alerted to his disappearance by a Facebook page set up by members of Trowbridge’s Polish community.
His brother is due to arrive in the UK to formally identify the body in the next few days.
Damian Siegmuller runs the Daisy Express grocery store in Roundstone Street. He said: “The police came down here when they were looking for him, so we tried to help them.
“I put information on Facebook to try to find his family, or to see if someone locally had seen him, which helped, because the family were able to contact the police through the group.
“Many people were shocked when they heard the news – he had been a client and we saw him quite often in here.
"He was just a normal bloke, he would smile when he came into the shop, and you'd often see him out in town with people.
“He didn’t have family here, so it looks like he didn’t have anyone who could speak to him about the problems that he had.”
Volunteers from Wiltshire Search and Rescue who had been carrying out searches of woodland near the Kennet and Avon Canal found a man’s body shortly before 5.30pm on Saturday. The death is not being treated as suspicious.
Det Sgt Simon Childe of Melksham CID said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Trowbridge community who have assisted Wiltshire Police throughout this investigation and our colleagues at Wiltshire Search and Rescue.”
The Wiltshire coroner has been informed, but no date for an inquest has been set yet.