Body found in garden as police hunt for 'vulnerable' Plymouth man
OFFICERS searching for a "vulnerable" missing Stonehouse man have found a body.
Police yesterday confirmed that a body had been found in South Devon, but identification has yet to take place.
Concern has been growing for Cheng Somers, also known locally as Valam Pitts, who was last seen on the evening of July 24 at around 10pm when he was dropped to the Whitleigh area by Towercab Taxi company.
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "An unidentified body was located by police on Wednesday in the garden of a property in Paignton.
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"A forensic post-mortem is being carried out so the body can be formally identified."
The body was found on the same day officers were seen searching Woodland Fort as a result of information they received from the missing man's family.
A police spokesperson told The Herald yesterday that there is no active search being carried out at this time for Mr Somers and that they were awaiting the results of the forensic post-mortem.
Mr Somers is understood to have discussed leaving the city during his taxi journey on July 24.
Although this was the last official sighting of the 36-year-old man, police say they have one other potential sighting on July 25 when it is believed Mr Somers attended a meeting at the Church of Scientology office in Ebrington Street.
Detective Inspector Steve Brownlow, who is heading the investigation, codenamed Operation Fisk, said there had been no sightings since then, nor has Mr Somers contacted friends or family.
He appears to have no access to funds, but does have links with Birmingham, Brighton and London.
He has sold The Big Issue in the past and is considered to be well known in the Whitleigh area.
Det Insp Brownlow told The Herald on Wednesday that officers had become increasingly concerned for Mr Somers' welfare, and that they had classed him as a "high-risk" missing person.
Mr Somers is around 5ft 7ins tall and of stocky build. When last seen he was wearing dark-blue cotton tracksuit bottoms, possibly Nike, a white vest with dark blue trim around the arms and neck, a red waterproof jacket which was blue around the neck and lined with thick padding, and a pair of white trainers with black tongues.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mr Somers should call police on 101 quoting Operation Fisk.