Posted on 10th Jul 2012 @ 11:39 AM
In Manchester, England, police and investigators believe that CCTV security surveillance footage taken from various train stops in the area could hold all the missing pieces to what happened to teenager Chris Brahney, who was recently discovered dead.
Chris went missing after a concert featuring the band Stone Roses. The concert took place at Heaton Park. As soon as Chris was reported missing, a large-scale manhunt began. After nine days, Chris’s body was found washed on the shore of the Manchester Ship Canal at Salford Quays. He was found by a bystander who quickly called the police.
As a part of their investigation, detectives have requested several hours of recorded CCTV security surveillance footage from several of the cameras set up at various train stations in the area where it is believed Chris went missing. In addition to these cameras, police investigators are also looking at tapes from several street cameras between Heaton Park and Salford Quays, where his body was found yesterday. Heaton Park is the area where he was last seen by friends, and Salford Quays was the area where his body was found.
At this time, it still remains unclear exactly what happened to Chris. The investigation should turn up some results in regards to what happened, as well as how he wound up at Salford Quays, which is almost a full five miles away from where he was last sighted and eight miles away from his home in Timperley, Altrincham.
It will look at whether he caught a bus, tram or train into Salford from Heaton Park – or walked. According to the investigators, they were able to identify Chris by looking at documents found on him.
The results of a post-mortem examination were expected today with police yet to determine whether his death will be treated as suspicious.
Chris’s disappearance sparked a huge effort to find him across Greater Manchester and beyond. More than 120,000 people joined a Facebook group in the hope to help shed light on his whereabouts. Friends retraced his last-known steps and distributed leaflets across Greater Manchester.
Posters were put up at tram stations – and celebrities including The Stone Roses wrote heartfelt pleas for help to find him.
Grieving dad Stuart, 56, a quantity surveyor, today thanked all the volunteers who helped search for Chris. He said:
“I just want to thank everyone who helped us search for Chris. The response was overwhelming. Unfortunately the outcome wasn’t the news we had been hoping for but I’d like to express my thanks to everyone and the M.E.N. for their support.”
Chris, a former Wellington School pupil who worked as a barman and was a huge music fan, was last seen by friends leaving Heaton Park after the gig at 11pm on June 29.
He lost his phone during the night and it was later traced by police to Edinburgh. Police believe it was found, picked up and taken back to the Scottish capital.
There was a possible sighting later on Friday evening at the park-and-ride site in Bowlee, Middleton. Chris was said to have been seen getting off a bus at the site and speaking to a group of young women, telling them that he had lost his phone and his friends.