Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Gulf War Veteran's body found in car, 4 months after he died

Body of former soldier, 42, lay in van parked at pub for FOUR MONTHS
Paul O'Brien, 42, found in vehicle after it was finally towed by council
Fought in first Gulf War and served two tours of Northern Ireland
Pub landlady made repeated calls to police to have van removed
Daily Mail
1 April 2013

The body of a former soldier lay undiscovered in a van parked at a pub for four months despite attempts by the landlord to have the vehicle removed.

Paul O'Brien, from Cambridge, who fought in the first Gulf War and served two tours in Northern Ireland, was found in the back of the vehicle after it was towed away by the council.

The 42-year-old, who once carried the body of his best friend for five miles after he was killed on a reconnaissance mission in Southern Ireland, has been described as a 'kind man.' The maroon van had been parked at the Lazy Otter pub car park, near Stretham in the Cambridgeshire Fens from late October until the end of February.

But despite repeated calls from the owner of the pub to the police, no one came to look at it.

'It was a total shock for all of us to learn that his body had been in the van all that time and very tragic,' said Annette Gwinnett, owner of the Lazy Otter.
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