Tributes and flowers left for Madison Wright as park reopens after body was found

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Madison Wright - Flowers and tributes left in Wat Tyler Country Park
Madison Wright - Flowers and tributes left in Wat Tyler Country Park

TRIBUTES and flowers have been laid in a Basildon park where a body was discovered in the search for Madison Wright.

Many have visited Wat Tyler Country Park, in Pitsea to pay their respects and leave flowers down by the entrance.

This came after the park was closed for more than five days after a body was found.

It reopened on Friday, however a police presence and a cordon remain in place in parts of the Country Park.

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Amongst the flowers which had been left, one included a note attached to it.

This read: “To Madison. Rest In Peace xxx”


A body was first discovered on Saturday, July 30, and soon after police arrested a man on suspicion of murder.

Since then, Garry Bennett, 36, has been charged by police with murder in connection with a missing woman from Basildon.

Madison Wright, a mother from Basildon, had not been seen or heard from since Friday, July 22.

The formal identification process of the discovered body is yet to take place, but Madison’s family had been informed at the time of the discovery.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “Officers investigating the disappearance of Madison Wright from Basildon are continuing their enquiries at Wat Tyler Park.

“We are continuing to reach out to anyone who we haven’t spoken to already.

“We are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who was driving around the Pitsea area towards Wat Tyler Park in Basildon between 8:30am on July 22, and July 26.

“The park has now been partially reopened to the public; however, a police presence is expected there for a number of days.

“We would like to remind the public who may be visiting the park over the coming week to respect the cordons we have in place.”

Essex Police has also confirmed a 27-year-old man from Basildon was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and 39-year-old woman from Basildon was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder

The 39-year-old woman has been released on bail.

A GoFundMe page has also been set up for Madison Wright, which can be found here 

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