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OPERATION TOULOUSE

Murder investigation into the disappearance of Madison WRIGHT


Appeal for information relating to the disappearance of Madison WRIGHT

A murder investigation was launched on 28 July following the disappearance of 30-year-old woman Madison Wright in Pitsea. Madison’s body was sadly located at Wat Tyler Park on 30 July following a large-scale search by specialist officers.

Last month, Garry Bennett, 37 of Caister Drive appeared in court where he pleaded not guilty to murder. A trial has been set for Basildon Crown Court on Monday, 13 March 2023.

 

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Kevin Hughes said:

“Our investigation does not stop at the point of charge and we have continued to complete lines of enquiry to help us understand what happened to Madison and when she died.

"The team and I remain steadfast in our pursuit for justice, and at this time of year especially, our thoughts & prayers are with Madison’s family, who this year, will be spending their first Christmas without her.

“A key and ongoing line of enquiry, is our efforts to find and recover Madison’s phone. Up until a recent development this was looking doubtful, but we now have information that suggests Madison’s phone was briefly switched on in September and one scenario we are looking to explore, is the potential a member of the public has found the phone.

"This phone still has evidential value to our investigation, but as equally important, are the sentimental photos and videos which may still be recoverable from the device. Given the emotive implications, we would really like to be able to reunite these significant mementos with Madison’s family and if someone has found the phone we need to speak with that person as part of our enquiries. The phone in question was a Google Pixel 4a, similar to the image depicted and may have been in a black case.

“Any information about this mobile phone or further information about Madison’s death, may help us get the answers that Madison’s family deserve.”

 

We continue to urge anyone who has any information, but has not yet come forward to contact us.

Contact Information

You can complete the form below by clicking on the Information button.

 

A dedicated phone line has been set up and the number is: 0207 1267612.

 

Please quote the crime reference number 42/197308/22.

You can let us know by submitting a report on our website or by using our online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.

Visit www.essex.police.uk/digital101 to find out more about our website reporting services.

Alternatively you can call us on 101.

In an emergency always call 999.

If you would like to make an anonymous report you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.