TRIBUTES are pouring in for a ‘wonderful’ Stratford waiter whose body is thought to have been discovered by police.
Imed Boudhina from Alcester went missing on Tuesday (February 9). Police reported the discovery of a body in the town on the following Saturday. It is believed to be the 46-year-old although formal identification is yet to take place. Police say the circumstances around the death are not being treated as suspicious.
Colleagues of the El Greco waiter thanked the community for helping to search for the popular dad-of-two.
A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page read: “Thank you to everyone who helped us, family, friends and the police look for our wonderful Imed – those who helped with the social media campaign, those who got out there and searched gardens, fields, barns, sheds and rivers in and around Alcester, Stratford and Evesham, in these wintery conditions.
“We, his second family, are devastated at his loss and know life will never be the same again without him. Our hearts are broken for his family here in the UK – particularly his two boys whom Imed was totally devoted to – and those in Tunisia.”
Close friend Bramwell Philips wrote: “We as his friends were overwhelmed by the humanity and he would have been touched by the response.
“Thank you to the police for acting without delay. Thank you to his friends and colleagues who planned and searched in freezing weather conditions and sometimes darkness. Thank you to the unnamed people – that’s you guys – who cared enough to take the time to respond, offer, search, ask, tell and shed a tear.
“Our hearts and thoughts are with his children and his parents. Our prayers are with Imed.”
Imed was well-known around his Alcester hometown, particularly by customers of the Orangemabel, where he also worked.