Mystery man seen by Welsh river where Logan, 5, was found dead an hour later, locals reveal

Mystery man seen by Welsh river where Logan, 5, was found dead an hour later, locals reveal

Mystery man seen by Welsh river where Logan, 5, was found dead an hour later, locals reveal
Neighbours of a five-year-old boy who was found dead in a river over the weekend revealed tonight that a mystery man was spotted near the water about an hour before the child's body was discovered.

Logan Williamson was found in the River Ogmore close to his home in the village of Sarn near Bridgend early on Saturday, and South Wales Police officers have been questioning three people on suspicion of murder. They all remain in custody.

The boy's distraught mother Angharad Williamson had been due to marry her fiancé Jay Cole, a carer, next year after he proposed in May - and Logan was said to have been 'beyond excited' about the wedding, where he was set to be a pageboy.

Mystery man seen by Welsh river where Logan, 5, was found dead an hour later, locals reveal
Logan Williamson, five, is pictured at the Ogmore River in Sarn near Bridgend where he was found dead on Saturday.

Tonight, locals told of how a man was seen in the area in the early hours of the morning, just minutes before the tragedy which shocked the community.

Dog walker Lisa Gould told The Sun: 'The thought of this man being there so close to the spot where Logan was found only an hour or so later chills me to the bone. I'm in shock hearing this. That poor little lad. I just hope he didn't suffer.'

Mystery man seen by Welsh river where Logan, 5, was found dead an hour later, locals reveal
Pictured: A police diver surfaces in the bank of river Ogmore in Lower Llansantffraid in Sarn near Bridgend, Wales.

Another neighbour added: 'I heard someone living around here saw a man by the river at around 4.45am on Saturday. It's a mystery. What would you be doing by the river at that time of the morning?

'It is sickening to think that such a young life has been taken from our community.'

A man aged 39, a 30-year-old woman and a boy aged 13 remain in custody as police continue to investigate. Officers previously said they are 'not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident'.

Logan and his family had recently returned from a holiday in Blackpool and contracted Covid-19 during the trip.

Family friends said they received a phone call on Saturday morning from Miss Williamson to say Logan had been taken to the nearby Prince of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

Mystery man seen by Welsh river where Logan, 5, was found dead an hour later, locals reveal
A police officer stands outside a house in Sarn today as the investigation into the death of Logan Williamson continues.

She is said to have collapsed when doctors told her Logan could not be saved. Miss Williamson, a full-time mother, attended the hospital while Mr Cole stayed at home with their other children.

Miss Williamson's best friend Rhiannon Hales, 26, led tributes to Logan and described Miss Williamson as a devoted mother. She said: 'They are good parents who love their children and bring them up well.

'My little girl is also five and she loved Logan, they were like little boyfriend and girlfriend together. I'm shocked and just devastated by what's happened, he called me Auntie Rhi, but Logan was like my own little boy.

'He was such a happy kid, always said please and thank you. He loved colouring and did all the coronavirus posters in the front window of their flat.'

Today, police widened the search area of the Ogmore River with divers spending a fourth day scouring the water and its banks after taping off another stretch.

Another neighbour said: 'The divers have been in and out of the river for a long time now they're definitely looking for something specific.

'They've had the drone overhead flying up and down the river and the forensics teams have been in and out of the house. It's all very thorough.'

Family friends paid tribute online to the 'kind, funny, polite, handsome and clever' boy. Those wanting to pay their respects were encouraged to place teddy bears at a lamppost and footbridge near where his body was found.

Neighbours speculated yesterday that police had removed a video doorbell as part of the search for evidence. A photo of the family home showed a strip on the doorframe where a doorbell may have been fixed.

But friends said the family did not have a video doorbell. The devices alert homeowners that somebody is at their front door by sending a notification to their phone along with a video.

Logan was in a nursery class at Brynmenyn Primary School in Bridgend where he was loved by pupils and staff.

Mother Lois Shepherd, 25, left a cuddly toy baby shark chosen by daughter Maisie-Rae, four. She said: 'I'm just shocked and gobsmacked - the is such a small community everyone is feeling the pain of what happened.'

Messages left at the river bank include: 'Fly high Logan, sending love and kisses,' 'RIP angel' and 'Thinking of you.'

A mother of two who drove two miles to the scene said through tears: 'I didn't know the little boy and his family but I felt I had to come. It's so sad, I can't comprehend what the family is going through.'

Chief Inspector Geraint White, of South Wales Police, said: 'This is a tragic incident. We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or who has any information, to get in touch.

'We would ask the public not to speculate about this incident on social media as this is an active investigation. If you have any information that can help, please report this to us. Our thoughts are with the family and we are supporting them in every way we can.'

Chief Inspector White said 'regular contact' has been made with Logan's family, who are being supported by specialist officers.

He added: 'We are keeping an open mind and are working hard to establish the full circumstances of his death so that we can provide answers to his family.

'This is an extensive and sensitive investigation and many people have been affected by this death.'

A spokesman for South Wales Central Coroner's Office said they had been notified of the death but an inquest was not yet due to open.
Mystery man seen by Welsh river where Logan, 5, was found dead an hour later, locals reveal
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