A man from Gloucestershire and his three children have been found dead in Shropshire. Ceri Fuller, 35, from Coleford, had gone missing with his son Sam, 12, and daughters Becka, 10, and Charlotte, six. The bodies were found in a wooded area at Pontesbury near Shrewsbury by a police officer just before 10:00 BST, West Mercia police said. Police have sealed off the area and forensic examinations are taking place.
A Gloucestershire Police spokesperson said: “Officers searching for missing man Ceri Fuller and his three children, from the Forest of Dean, have been made aware of the discovery of four bodies in Pontesbury, Shropshire, shortly before 10am this morning. “While the bodies have yet to be formally identified, Mr Fuller’s family have been informed of the discovery and are being supported by police family liaison officers. “The investigation into the deaths is being conducted by West Mercia Police.” West Mercia Police said the deputy coroner for Shropshire, Andrew Barkley, had been informed.
Jan Wagstaff, head teacher of St John’s C of E primary school in Coleford, which the two youngest children attended, said: “Rebecca and Charlotte were absolutely delightful children and a pleasure to have in school. “Sam was also a pupil here before he moved on to Lakers. He was a lot of fun and always had a ready smile. “They will all be very sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family.” Alison Elliott, head at Lakers School in Coleford said: “We are desperately sad to hear the family are having to face such a dreadful situation.
“Sam was a well-loved member of our extended family here at Lakers. Our thoughts are with the family at this very tragic time. “We have arrangements in place to support students, staff, friends and family at this very difficult time.” Gloucestershire Police had been appealing for information on the whereabouts the father and his three children, who left home last Thursday. The four were travelling in a Landrover Freelander. The vehicle had been spotted in the Shrewsbury/Welshpool area. A neighbour of the family in Station Road, Janice Ayres, said she was “very, very sad”. “I have children of my own and I would just be devastated. “It’s so sad for three young children. “It is dreadful really to think about it,” she said.