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

08:51 08 April 2014

Neill Buchel had been missing since March 13

Neill Buchel had been missing since March 13


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 corpsePolice 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 areaThe 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.

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