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Thomas Healy death: Family plea after finding body under M6

A man who found the body of his 19-year-old son under a motorway flyover in Birmingham has appealed for help to find out how he died.

Thomas Healy, from Kingstanding, was found dead near an Erdington industrial estate on Saturday.

He was last seen walking along the hard shoulder of the northbound carriageway of the M6, just after midnight.

West Midlands Police said post-mortem tests revealed injuries consistent with a fall.

Det Insp Verley Tyndale said the death was not being treated as suspicious and appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Thomas Healy's father John said: "We're devastated. We don't know how to handle it, it's like your worst nightmare come true."

Mr Healy said his son had been out with friends on Saturday night.

He said: "I tried to ring, but there was no answer.

"Then I sent him a text to say 'are you OK, where are you?'

Later, one of Thomas's friends called the family home to find out how he was and it was then he revealed that he had last been seen walking alongside the motorway.

Thomas is believed to have got out of a taxi between junctions five and six of the northbound carriageway of the M6, at about 23:45 BST on Friday.

A spokesman for taxi company TC cars, on Saxon Way, said the driver pulled over for safety reasons after a passenger tried to open the door while the vehicle was moving.

The driver was questioned by the police who said no further action was being taken.

After reporting him missing to the police, Mr Healy said the family went to look for Thomas.

"It was Bromford Lane, where the motorway goes over, and I just thought we'll look along there as there's a wasteland.

"We were just seeing how we could get over a fence and that's when I saw something in the distance and I knew it was my son."

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