Man, 19, appears in court accused of murdering Tamworth teen Keeley Bunker, 20, found dead in a stream after night out

Man, 19, appears in court accused of murdering Tamworth teen Keeley Bunker, 20, found dead in a stream after night out

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A TEENAGER suspected of murdering 20-year-old Keeley Bunker appeared in court this morning.

The body of Keeley, 20, was discovered in a park in Tamworth, Staffs, shortly after 9pm Thursday after she vanished on her way home from a gig.


Keeley Bunker’s body was discovered in a stream in Tamworth, Staffs[/caption]

An unnamed 19-year-old suspect, from Tamworth, was taken to North Staffordshire Justice Centre in an unmarked cop car where officers were granted an additional 36 hours to quiz him over the killing.

He was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murdering the 20-year-old.

Keeley’s heartbroken mum Debbie Watkins launched an appeal on Facebook after she went missing as she returned from watching Brit rapper Aitch perform in Birmingham.

Friends joined other family members in the frantic search for the “beautiful soul” as they scoured surrounding streets in the Leyfields area of the town.

But a heartbroken relative found the barmaid’s body in Wigginton Park close to where she was last seen.


Music fan Keeley revealed her excitement at seeing Manchester rapper Aitch at the O2 Institute in a heartbreaking final tweet.

She wrote: “Only thing keeping me going is seeing aitch on wednesday, hopefully he’ll see me and we’ll get married xxx”

A tearful relative said: “It has torn the family apart.

“Keeley had just gone on a night out, she was so excited about seeing Aitch and nobody thought they would never see her again.

‘Beautiful’ barmaid vanished on her way home from an Aitch gig in Birmingham

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Forensic officers at the scene of the devastating discovery in Tamworth, Staffs[/caption]

“The family had spent all day looking for her, and when it got dark, her uncle came round to my house asking if we had any torches for them to use to search the park.

“He looked absolutely broken.

“They all went out to look for her and it was one of the family who actually found the body.

“It’s beyond heartbreaking and I don’t think they will ever get over this.”


Chief Inspector Ashley Farrington confirmed officers believe the woman to be Keeley although formal identification is yet to take place.

He said: “Her death is unexplained at this time and a ho post mortem is due to take place tomorrow.”

Tributes have poured in for tragic Keeley.

Her cousin Sian Phillips wrote on Facebook: “Miss you always love you forever my baby cousin.”

Her aunt Jodie Majer posted some pictures of herself with Keeley on Facebook this morning and wrote: “My beautiful Niece who is more like my little sister!! I love you so much.”

Dozens of friends commented on the post offering their condolences.


Grieving friends laid flowers at the park today where her body was discovered.

One bouquet read: “Keely, sending you all my love, you will be missed by all. Rest well x.”

Another said: “Keeley, I am going to miss you so so so much. Your laugh, smiley face and through and through beautiful soul.

“You are going to be missed by everyone lucky enough to have ever met you.

“Miss you already so much, until we meet again, sleep tight.”

Pals had launched an appeal for information after Keeley disappeared on Leyfields housing estate which surrounds the park at 4am on Thursday.

Keeley was believed to have walked home from the rap gig and was last seen at a bus stop just 500 meters from where her body was found.

Her mum Ms Watkins wrote: “Hello has anybody seen Keeley Bunker since early hours of this morning? “Please really worried.

“She went to a concert but hasn’t been seen since she walked home in leyfields abt half 4 this morning.”

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