Warden tells of moment body was found

A FISH warden last night spoke of the moment he found the body of Gemma Adams while clearing waterways near Hintlesham.Trevor Saunders, 57, was doing his normal voluntary patrol when he spotted what he initially thought was a dummy, in a brook behind Hintlesham Fisheries at about 11.45am on Saturday.

A FISH warden last night spoke of the moment he found the body of Gemma Adams while clearing waterways near Hintlesham.

Trevor Saunders, 57, was doing his normal voluntary patrol when he spotted what he initially thought was a dummy, in a brook behind Hintlesham Fisheries at about 11.45am on Saturday.

But after removing some foliage, he realised he had found a body.

Mr Saunders, of Hadleigh, said: “I was doing my normal patrol along Burstall Brook to check on any blockages when I noticed two round, smooth surfaces sticking out of the water, which I later found was the woman's bottom.


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“Initially, I thought it was a dummy. I went into the brook to make sure and, on further investigation, found it was a body.

“It was face down, under water. I had to move a little bit of debris to make sure it was a body. Then I phoned the police.”

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Mr Saunders said he had not ventured into the area for the past week because the water level had been so high, although it is now at its lowest point for three weeks.

He said: “I don't know how long the body had been there but it could have been dropped off anywhere. It's fast flowing but it's only a narrow brook.

“It looked as though it had been placed there but there's no way anyone could have got down to do that.”

Mr Saunders said the macabre find had left him feeling uneasy.

“I was a little bit nervy at the time and I'm still a little bit nervy now,” he said.

Philip Dowding-Young, 49, owns Hintlesham Fisheries, where people can buy day-tickets to go carp and coarse fishing in the three lakes on the land.

He was called by Mr Saunders shortly after the discovery was made in a waterway that borders his home.

He said: “Trevor was checking the back ditch for blockages. He phoned me up and said, 'I think I've found a body'.

“He said there was a partly submerged naked female and all he could see was her back, buttocks and legs. The body was wedged on a corner.

“Trevor brushed away some twigs and leaves and he saw it was a woman. She had earrings. He couldn't see if the body was decomposed because of the slime, which would suggest it had been in there for some while.

“The police were called straightaway and they cordoned the area off.”

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