Missing man's found in canal
A 52-YEAR-OLD man whose body was pulled out of a canal had been reported missing by his family three weeks earlier.
Staffordshire Police today named the man found in the Trent and Mersey Canal on Monday as Kevin Bradnick.
Police had been searching for Mr Bradnick, of Cresswell Road, Hanley, after describing him as 'vulnerable'.
He was reported missing on February 25 after last being seen by his family on February 6.
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A Staffordshire Police spokesman said at the time: "We consider Mr Bradnick to be vulnerable and are concerned for his welfare.
"Extensive searches are underway to locate him."
And police today confirmed Mr Bradnick's body was recovered from the Etruria section of the canal by emergency services at 9.50am on Monday.
North Staffordshire coroner Ian Smith has been informed about Mr Bradnick's death.
A post-mortem examination is due to be held later this month.
Now police are trying to piece together Mr Bradnick's last movements before his body was discovered by a passer-by.
They are not treating his death as suspicious.
News of Mr Bradnick's death has shocked residents in Hanley.
He had lived in Oslo Grove, Hanley, before moving to his new address.
An Oslo Grove resident said: "I actually lived on the same street as Kevin when he was living with his mum and dad in Smallthorne.
"I was about 23 at the time and he's about two years younger than me. I think his dad was a miner like me.
"Kevin seemed nice and polite and we would say 'hello' if we passed each other.
"Then when I moved to Oslo Grove, the family lived a few doors down from me but they moved away a few years ago. "When I saw an article in The Sentinel saying a person with his name was missing, I did wonder whether it was him.
"It's sad to hear he's passed away."
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