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Body found in missing person search at Netherton Reservoir

By Dayna Farrington | Netherton | News | Published:

The body of a man has been found at a reservoir in the Black Country.

Drivers have been at Lodge Farm Reservoir as part of a missing person search. Image: @SnapperSK

Police divers have been searching Netherton Reservoir, off Highbridge Road in Netherton, for a missing person since Monday afternoon.

A spokesman from West Midlands Police confirmed that a body of man was found today.

His death is not being treated as suspicious, a spokesman for the force said.

A spokesman from West Midlands Police said: "Police searching for a missing person around Netherton Reservoir, in Dudley, have today recovered a body.

"The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious and his family and the coroner have been informed."

The roadway leading to the reservoir, which is home to Dudley Water Sports centre, was taped off by police. Image: @SnapperSK

A number of police cars, as well as an underwater and search specialist unit from Nottinghamshire Police, could be seen at the scene on Tuesday morning.

A police presence had been in the area since Monday afternoon, according to reports, with an area of the reservoir being cordoned off by blue police tape.

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A blue tent had been erected near to the waters edge, while crews continued their search.

A team of police divers have been searching the reservoir since last night. Image: @SnapperSK
Police divers set up a search area at the water's edge. Image: @SnapperSK
Police drivers from Nottinghamshire have been helping with the search at the reservoir. Image: @SnapperSK

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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.

One resident, who lived near the reservoir but wished to remain anonymous, said: "I saw all the police cars and vans near the reservoir yesterday evening [Monday], but I was really surprised to see them there this morning still.

"I'm not sure what is going on but I have heard they are searching for a missing person. I hope that isn't true and they don't find someone there – but my thoughts are with the family."

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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