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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 February 2006, 19:57 GMT
Police in baby search find body
Troy Simpson
Troy Simpson was last seen on Monday night
Police searching for a six-month-old baby boy have found the body of a child in a drain near his home.

Troy Simpson was reported missing from his home in Smethwick in the West Midlands on Tuesday.

On Wednesday police sealed off an area less than 300 yards from his home after finding "something of concern".

They said the area was being treated as a crime scene. Two men and two women have been arrested following the boy's disappearance.

Some of the four being questioned by police are thought to be related to Troy.

Post-mortem tests

The body has not been identified but police are treating the discovery as suspicious.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out and officers said inquiries into the disappearance of Troy are continuing.

Crime scene
Police divers were seen to enter a brook on the wasteland

An area of wasteland off Church Road, which is at the junction of several streets, was being guarded by five uniformed officers on Wednesday night.

Forensic experts were also in an attendance and plastic sheeting was used to screen off an area beside a brook.

Police divers had been seen entering the brook with flashlights as the search continued.

Dozens of local people gathered to watch the police operation and some residents living in nearby Dorothy Road were told they could not return to their homes,

Earlier on Wednesday Supt Andy Bebbington told a press conference he hoped Troy was still alive, but had to accept the possibility he may be dead.


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