A man who was found dead in a park lake following an 11-day search had drowned, an inquest has heard.
Jack Morrad, 28, went missing in the early hours of 23 December and was last seen leaving Colors nightclub in Basildon, Essex.His body was found at Gloucester Park fishing lake on 3 January. An inquest into his death heard police were not treating it as suspicious and a full inquest is due to take place on 23 July.
Essex coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray told the hearing in Chelmsford that the post-mortem examination concluded Mr Morrad had drowned and that police believed there to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
Paying tribute to their loved one, Jack’s family said in a statement: “It is impossible to describe Jack in a couple of sentences. All we can say is that his death is a loss to this whole world. As a family we are totally heartbroken over what has happened to Jack. We want to thank all of Jack’s friends and family, along with the wider community and Essex
Police for their efforts during the search. We really do appreciate the effort that everyone went to in order to find Jack. We would now ask that everyone now respects our privacy.”
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A post mortem examination, carried out on Friday January 4, established that he died from drowning.
Jack was last seen in Broadhurst Place, Basildon at 2.30am on Sunday December 23 after he had been on a night out in the town.
He was reported missing and Essex Police launched a large-scale search to find him. Extensive searches were carried out across Basildon by our officers with the support of Jack’s family and friends, volunteers from Essex Search and Rescue and members of the public.
As part of our enquiries we began searching the main fishing lake at Basildon’s Gloucester Park on Thursday December 27. Work to drain it began on Wednesday January 2. The search was suspended on Thursday January 3 following the discovery of Jack’s body.
Paying tribute to their loved one, Jack’s family said in a statement: “It is impossible to describe Jack in a couple of sentences.
“All we can say is that his death is a loss to this whole world. As a family we are totally heartbroken over what has happened to Jack.
“We want to thank all of Jack’s friends and family, along with the wider community and Essex Police for their efforts during the search.
“We really do appreciate the effort that everyone went to in order to find Jack. We would now ask that everyone now respects our privacy.”
Officers looking for a missing man in Basildon are planning to drain a lake in Gloucester Park as the search continues.
Jack Morrad, 28, was last seen in Broadhurst Place at around 2.30am on Sunday, December 23.
We are releasing new CCTV footage of Jack, taken at a similar time on Blake Avenue, in an appeal for further information about his movements that morning.
Throughout the festive period, our officers and Jack’s family and friends have been carried out an extensive search, including of Gloucester Park and other waterways in the town.
Specialist search teams have carried out an extensive search of the park and all bodies of water within it at the weekend. Following the conclusion of those searches the main fishing lake will now be drained, which will begin on January 2, ready to be searched on January 4, 2019.
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Pitcher, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “After prolonged investigations over the past nine days, one of our main lines of enquiry remains that Jack’s movements led him to Gloucester Park.
“Officers from across the county, volunteers from Essex Search and Rescue, and specialist teams, have worked over Christmas and New Year to try and piece together what we believe are Jack’s last known movements.
“We will continue our search for Jack by draining the fishing lake. Night fisherman have stated they heard a man in the area of the lake at around 2am and, to further our enquiries, we need to do a thorough examination of the fishing lake.
“The draining will be led by the Environmental Agency, who will ensure that minimum disruption is caused to the nature in the lake and its surroundings.
“This is not a decision we have taken lightly and I cannot imagine the pain Jack’s family are feeling today. Their bravery and determination throughout this search has been commendable, and I hope that our ongoing enquiries will give them the answers they need.
“I would like to thank everyone in the local community for coming together to support our efforts during this difficult time. The public support in this case has been overwhelming. To everyone who has supported Jack’s family, made fliers, or taken part in searches around the town – thank you for your hard work, your hope and your dedication.
“Our investigation has identified a sighting of Jack in Blake Avenue around 2.30am. We are still keen to hear from anyone who lives or was driving in that area and has available CCTV or dashcam footage, which shows from 1am to 6am on December 23. Please also check your gardens and sheds for any signs that someone may have taken shelter there. I am also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Jack in the town centre and may have information as to which direction he went. We would ask drivers in the town with dashcam to check your footage and get in touch with any believed sightings.
“Anyone with information or footage can send it into us via a portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/4201020118N55-PO1
“I hope the ongoing search can provide us all with much-needed answers over the coming week.”