Missing in Battle Sussex

Discussion in 'ARCHIVE FORUM: Support discussions' started by Linda Mc, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. Linda Mc

    Linda Mc Registered User

    Jul 3, 2005
    1,881
    Nr Mold
    I too am so sorry to hear this and thank you Ann for taking the trouble to PM me the news which sadly I have only just picked up.
    You have so often been in my thoughts as you know.

    Love and hugs

    Linda x
     
  2. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london
    Oh am so sorry to hear the new about John and so near home .

    Thank you for letting us know xx
     
  3. DeborahBlythe

    DeborahBlythe Registered User

    Dec 1, 2006
    9,222
    Dear Ann, I'm so very sorry to hear this news. That is heartbreaking for your family even though the story has at least come to a conclusion. Please accept sincerest condolences and sympathy to all your family. I think the information will make many people feel very sad and concerned. I do hope that some lessons can be learned from it somehow, for all of us and especially for everyone caring for someone with dementia. With love, Deborah
     
  4. Canadian Joanne

    Canadian Joanne Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 8, 2005
    16,015
    Toronto, Canada
    Dear Ann,
    Thank you so much for letting us know. I'm very sorry to hear how it ended but at least there can be closure for the famil. My sincere condolences to the family and friends.
     
  5. sue38

    sue38 Registered User

    Mar 6, 2007
    10,856
    Wigan, Lancs
    Dear Ann,

    I am so sorry to hear about John. His poster has been up in our reception since he went missing (I know we are a long way away and it was a long shot but you never know) and people are always asking me if there is any news.

    It's not the news we hoped for, but probably the news you expected. I hope you and the family find some comfort in the fact that he has been found.
     
  6. Libby

    Libby Registered User

    May 20, 2006
    625
    North East
    Ann

    I too am saddened to hear of Johns death, but as others have said, at least it is closure. What an awful situation for you all to have been in. My condolences to all of his family and friends

    Libs
     
  7. Jodie Lucas

    Jodie Lucas Registered User

    Dec 3, 2005
    57
    Eastbourne
    Ann,

    Just adding to everyone elses posts to say how sorry I am to hear about John. My condolences to his friends and family.

    Jodie
     
  8. strawberrywhip

    strawberrywhip Registered User

    Jun 26, 2006
    76
    kent
    I caught the local news today, so very sorry. Our families thoughts are with you all.
     
  9. Margaret W

    Margaret W Registered User

    Apr 28, 2007
    3,725
    North Derbyshire
    Dear Ann

    I have cried for you, am still wet with tears. I do hope that John did not suffer. All of us on this site feel for you.

    Much love from me and I am sure everyone else.

    Margaret
     
  10. Tamariu

    Tamariu Registered User

    Jul 28, 2007
    22
    Winchester
    Thank you everyone for your condolences. I promised more details when I discovered them ... here's what I now know.

    The police exercise was specific training in search techniques. They decided to use John's case as it was something definite for the trainees to search for. He was found in undergrowth, less than a mile from home. This was within the original search area, but I understand that the summer vegetation which was concealing his body had died off and so he was more obvious. He was found on Saturday afternoon, but because of bad weather and low light conditions his body wasn't retrieved until Sunday. I don't know what the condition of his body was, but I do know that some of his personal effects were in a good enough condition to be returned to his family. Most poignantly, his watch was still ticking.

    The autopsy was carried out on Monday and the coroner has now released John's body as "no foul play" is suspected. I haven't heard if a formal cause of death has been determined ... I don't know if they can do that so long after his death. I also don't know if they have (or can) determine what happened between the time he went missing and the time he died. I do get the sense, however, that he died fairly quickly.

    John's funeral will be later this week. I am putting together all of your messages of condolence to take to his wife and daughter. They know of the support you have given them and I would like them to have a reminder of that.

    On our part, we're just so grateful that we can now have a normal grieving process. It's the small things that get me ... taking John's name off my Christmas card list ... seeing my Mum's eyes fill up when she saw one of the missing posters I had put up around Winchester ...

    Ann
     
  11. Linda Mc

    Linda Mc Registered User

    Jul 3, 2005
    1,881
    Nr Mold
    Ann thank you for letting us know must be so hard to do.

    I hope the love and support of family, friends and the people on both sites we belong to will help sustain you all in the days ahead.

    Much love

    Linda x
     

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