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Zahid Mirza: Body found in search for missing motorist

Zahid Mirza Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Zahid Mirza, 40, has not been seen by his family since the crash

A body has been found by police searching for a motorist who has been missing since his car smashed through a motorway barrier three weeks ago.

The body was found on Sunday night on what police said was an inaccessible area of waste ground next to the M6.

Zahid Mirza's car crashed on the southbound carriageway between junctions 4A and 5 near Coleshill, Warwickshire, on 15 January.

The car was empty and Mr Mirza, 40, has not been seen by his family since.

The body was found after two days of intensive searching, police said.

Mr Mirza is from Chelmsley Wood, near Solihull.

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Det Supt Tom Chisholm said the area had been searched at the time of the crash but the driver was not found.

"Following enquiries, we discovered that Mr Mirza's family have had no contact with him since then, so specialist officers have been in the area over the past two days carrying out searches," he said.

"Yesterday evening (Sunday) the search team discovered the body of a man in an inaccessible area of waste ground. The body has not been formally identified but family liaison officers have notified Mr Mirza's family and are supporting them."

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