Search

‘Low level of humanity’: Neill Buchel’s mum speaks after son’s corpse recovered from Rush Green lake

PUBLISHED: 08:51 08 April 2014 | UPDATED: 08:52 08 April 2014

Neill Buchel had been missing since March 13

Neill Buchel had been missing since March 13

Archant

The mum of a father-of-two, whose severed leg was found in a Rush Green lake, has spoken for the first time since police today confirmed they had found the rest of his body.

Police frogmen recovered Mr Buchel's corpse Police frogmen recovered Mr Buchel's corpse

Trish Kell said she was in a “state of shock” after being told her son Neill Buchel’s body had been found in Chase Nature Reserve, which straddles the Havering and Barking and Dagenham border, by murder detectives.

The 39-year-old South African had been missing since March 13.

He was last seen less than two miles from where a human leg was found floating in a lake on April 2 — since identified as Neill’s.

“At least we now know that he has been found, if nothing else,” said Trish, who lives in South Africa.

The Chase was sealed off to the public while police searched the water and surrounding area The Chase was sealed off to the public while police searched the water and surrounding area

“Four weeks of sitting here and waiting — the not knowing has been awful.”

She said when police called and asked if somebody was with her she “knew immediately” they had found Neill, adding: “Then you think ‘did they die instantly’, all these thoughts keep on going around in your head and it’s terrible.”

Her son’s separated wife Sharon was said to be “devastated” by the news, which she has told to their two young daughters, Caitlin, 10, and Megan, 16.

Trish, who was due to speak to her granddaughters, said: “A child can’t comprehend this sort of thing and they shouldn’t be expected to.”

She added: “Why and how can anyone do this to another human being. What low level of humanity does that? Nobody deserves this.”

Police are carrying out a post-mortem to establish the time and cause of Neill’s death.

Three men been arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.

Related articles

Latest Romford News Stories

08:11

A war hero who was awarded the freedom of the borough in 2011 for his work in the community has died at the age of 97.

Yesterday, 17:20

The organisers of We Are FSTVL have reassured festival goers that they will update their security plans “where necessary” in response to last night’s bomb attack in Manchester.

Yesterday, 16:19

In a world obsessed with self promotion and social media, it isn’t too hard to understand how many of us find ourselves caught up in our own self-absorbed bubbles.

Yesterday, 13:07

Following the terror attack in Manchester on Monday, the chief executive of Havering Council urged people “not to let this atrocity divide our communities”.

Yesterday, 09:04

Two men, both in their 20s, were stabbed in two separate attacks just a few minutes apart late last night.

Yesterday, 07:00

A teenager has described the 20-year-old who was stabbed to death in The Brewery last week as an “amazing boyfriend”.

Mon, 17:00

When Beatrice Way suffered a massive stroke, her husband Alexander remembers clearly thinking it meant the end of their dream to have a baby.

Mon, 16:26

More than a thousand fundraisers were bathed in glorious sunshine – and colourful bubbles – as they tackled a 5km course.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now