Tom Edwards inquest: 'Most likely' climbed out train window

Tom Edwards Image copyright Will Edwards
Image caption Tom Edwards disappeared after a night out in Swindon

A man whose body was found by a railway line "most likely" climbed out of a train window, an inquest has heard.

Tom Edwards, 32, from Calne, Wiltshire, disappeared after a night out in Swindon in June 2013. At one stage he was taken to a bus stop by officers.

His body was found after a five-day search by friends, family and police.

The Wiltshire coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death and said alcohol had been a contributory factor.

On the night Mr Edwards went missing, CCTV footage from Swindon railway station showed him boarding the 23:21 BST train to Bristol Temple Meads.

Earlier he had been taken to a bus stop outside the Swindon Designer Outlet Village by officers who had seen him walking on Church Place.

His body was discovered near the Chippenham to Bath Spa railway line on 3 July.

'Missed his stop'

The Wiltshire coroner said he was "satisfied" Mr Edwards had missed his stop and climbed out of the train window, which would have been travelling at about 65mph.

He said Mr Edwards had a blood-alcohol level that was more than twice the legal limit and his judgement would have been affected.

In a statement, Mr Edwards' family said he had been a "devoted husband who always put family and friends first".

"All of our lives were enhanced by Tom. He will continue to live on in all our hearts and minds, a decent man we are all proud to call our Tom."

A complaint by the family, was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission which ruled there had been "some failings" in the communication between Wiltshire Police and the family.

Wiltshire Police said it had "already made some changes" and would continue to look for "improvements moving forward".

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