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Man blasts cops as brother’s body is found near hospital

PUBLISHED: 10:58 29 July 2010 | UPDATED: 18:06 25 August 2010

The brother of a missing pensioner who was found dead 300 metres away from hospital has accused police of not carrying out a proper search, writes Reena Kumar.

The brother of a missing pensioner who was found dead 300 metres away from hospital has accused police of not carrying out a proper search, writes Reena Kumar.

James Wynn, 73, from Woolwich, was missing for three-and-a-half weeks. He was last seen on June 28 at 8am by staff at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup. After he received treatment for a heart condition and a blood clot to his leg, he discharged himself and left without taking any medication with him.

Despite a search, and numerous appeals by his family, his body was discovered by a passer by in bushes in Sidcup Place last Thursday.

Mr Wynn's brother, Hugh Wynn, 64, from Primrose Hill, north London, met with police yesterday to discuss how the investigation was handled.

Fighting back the tears, Mr Wynn said: "I feel really angry that there wasn't a proper search. If they had a dog they would have been able to find him straight away.

"My family can't understand how this has happened. He was lying there and if they had done a proper search they would have found him in 10 minutes."

A police media appeal featured in the Times and his brother even visited Brighton to see if he had gone to see his friends in the area.

Mr Wynn says he was told of the discovery by police at 3pm on the day he was found, but he had received a call from a friend at noon telling him appeal posters of his brother were being taken down from around the town.

Mr Wynn added: "Who are these people to judge how important people are? I believe they treated him like that because they thought he was old and a drunk. It shouldn't have happened.

"I knew that he was dead as he had none of his medication on him. I just want him laid to rest now."

A spokesperson for Bexley police refused to give a statement on Mr concerns. An inquest into his death is due to be held on August 12.


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