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Michal Motala was last seen over a week ago Credit: Wiltshire Police

A body has been found in dense woodland in Trowbridge It's believed by police to be that of missing Polish man Michal Motala.

Mr Motala was reported missing on Monday morning. He was last seen close to Staverton Marina at around 1:40pm on Friday, 30th August, where he was believed to be waiting for a friend.

Officers have alerted the family of 31-year-old Mr Motala.

Detective Sergeant Simon Childe of Melksham CID said: "Naturally, this is a very sad development in this case.

"Our thoughts remain with Mr Motala's family in Poland who are receiving support from Wiltshire Police. "I would also 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."


Concern grows for missing Trowbridge man

Michal Motala. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police is appealing for information on the whereabouts of a missing Polish man from Trowbridge who has not been seen for a week.

31-year-old Michal Motala was last seen close to Staverton Marina at around 1:40pm on Friday 30th August 2013, where he was believed to be waiting for a friend.

He is described as six foot tall, of slim build with light brown hair and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a maroon t-shirt with white logo on the back and was carrying a rucksack.

Following early enquiries searches of woodland near Staverton took place earlier in the week.

Detective Sergeant Simon Childe from Melksham CID said:

‘Throughout the week we have been speaking with friends and family of Michal both locally and in Poland and it’s very clear that it is completely out of character for him not be in touch with anyone for this length of time.

‘Our enquiries have included reviewing CCTV throughout the town where he was seen shopping in Sainsburys a short while before he was seen close to Staverton Marina.

'No further sightings have been made since then and his passport was discovered in his flat so we don’t believe he's travelled abroad.

‘I would like to appeal to Michal himself to just let us know he is safe. I would also like to ask anyone who has spoken with Michal since Monday 26th August to please contact us.

'If anyone else has any information on his whereabouts please contact the police on 101.’

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