The death of popular Alex Todd-Weller may have been prevented had police responded correctly to a call from a concerned passer-by, the Citizen can exclusively reveal.
It is understood the caller contacted police shortly after the last official sighting of Alex to report a young man wearing a dark hoodie slumped on the ground outside Topps Tiles store at Bletchley.
But the police failed to turn up to investigate, allege Citizen sources.
Now, a week after the 21-year-old musician’s body was found in Furzton Lake, the matter has been referred by city police bosses themselves to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for investigation.
The ‘concern for welfare’ call was allegedly made around 3.30am on Monday September 8, minutes after hoodie-clad Alex had left Pink Punters nightclub in nearby Fenny Stratford.
He was reported missing later the same day and family and friends organised a massive search party following police appeals for help.. Police then held a His body was found on Thursday afternoon.
It is believed Alex had been trying to walk back to his Shenley Brook End home, where he lived with mum, dad and four sisters.
A friend said: “Nobody knows what happened. The person spotted on the ground outside Topps Tiles matched Alex’s description but was obviously in a bad way. Maybe he managed to stagger on to the lake and accidently fell in.
“He wasn’t a huge drinker and he’d only had a few pints that night. He wasn’t the sort of person to do stupid things. What happened is an absolute mystery.
“ All we know is that if police has responded properly to that call, then Alex could still be here with us today.”
A talented drummer, Alex is mourned by hundreds of friends, fans and band-mates who have poured out their grief on social media sites.
One musician said on Thursday: “Today we say goodbye to an amazing musician and genuine, fantastic friend to all of us. Rest in peace Alex. You will never be forgotten.”
A candlelit memorial was this week held for Alex and his own band Invocation is organising in his memory a tech-fest tribute gig in London .
His brave mum Lesley has thanked Alex’s friends for their support. She posted on Facebook: “We are completely amazed at all the love being shown for our dear boy.”
Meanwhile an IPCC spokesman confirmed it was “assessing” the file handed over by police, which concerns the handling of a concern for welfare report.