Rowley Regis father took his own life at Netherton Reservoir, inquest hears

By Megan Archer | Dudley | News | Published: | Last Updated:

A father from Rowley Regis whose body was found in Netherton Reservoir had taken his own life, an inquest heard.

Divers were at the reservoir in January as part of a missing person search. Image: @SnapperSK

Michael Stacey, aged 53, was found dead in the water on January 7. Black Country Coroner Joanne Lees gave a verdict of suicide at the inquest in Oldbury on Tuesday.

Mr Stacey, who had two children, left handwritten suicide notes at his home in Harvest Road, Rowley Regis, and in his car which was parked at the reservoir off Highbridge Road in Netherton.

Police carried out a search over two days in January for Mr Stacey's body, after being alerted by a member of the public who found his abandoned car parked by the water.

A number of police cars, as well as an underwater and search specialist unit from Nottinghamshire Police, were based at the scene.

The area, also known as Lodge Farm Reservoir, is a popular destination for residents to walk and exercise their dogs.

It is also used by a number of groups for a range of water-based activities and is the home of Dudley Watersports Centre.

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

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