Family battles to discover how dad-of-three came to die at Milton Keynes Coachway

Anthony Kostiw and Carol
Anthony Kostiw and Carol

A desperate mum is fighting to find out how her “super fit and healthy” partner died after being dropped off at MK Coachway by police.

Dad-of-three Anthony Kostiw was picked up by police, allegedly for being drunk, in the early hours of January 3.

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Twenty minutes later police dropped the 35-year-old off at the coach station with no phone or money.

When he failed to return to his Heelands home, his partner of 17 years, Carol Attridge, reported him missing.

“I was worried sick. It was so out of character for him. Family and friends formed search parties and scoured the Coachway area looking for him,” said Carol, who has set up a Facebook page called Justice For Anthony Kostiw.

On January 5,Carol was out searching when she spotted police cordon off an area around a stream – less than 100 metres from where police dropped him off.

“My heart sank. I just knew they had found him and that he wasn’t alive,” she said.

Carol reported the matter to the IOPC, which investigates complaints about police.

In a bid to get answers, she has asked to see CCTV footage showing Anthony’s movements that fateful night.

“I’m told there is none. Not one of the 15 cameras at the Coachway shows him,” she said.

An inquest into Anthony’s death is due to be held on April 25.

“I will be there and I am determined to get some answers,” said Carol.

“It is heartbreaking not to know how he died. All I want is justice to be done.”

The day before the arrest, Anthony had spent 15 hours in police custody after an incident near CMK.

Police will not comment on his death because the IPOC is investigating.