HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to a “caring, kind and loving” mum after a body was found in a park.

Madison Wright, 30, from Pitsea, was last seen on July 22 sparking an urgent appeal from police, before a body was found in Wat Tyler Park on Saturday as part of a major search.

Both the park and the nearby Pitsea Recycling Centre were closed throughout the weekend and yesterday as police invested the scene.

Essex Police says the formal identification process is yet to take place but Madison’s family have been informed of the development and continue to be supported by specialist detectives.

The discovery of the body has sparked an outpouring of emotion from friends, MPs and councillors who were left shocked and heartbroken by the announcement.

A man has been charged with murder and appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court yesterday.


David Dadds, Tory councillor for Billericay East, said he knew Madison Wright since she was a child.

He posted on Twitter: “I am saddened and devastated to hear of the news about Madison.

“I have known Madison since she was a child.

“She was a caring, kind and gentle person and a loving mother.

Madison leaves a void that’s cannot ever be filled. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.”

Amy Mellor, 32, from Clacton, went to Thurrock College with Madison and was left heartbroken by her death.

She said: “She was such a lovely caring friend. I know her for a few years loving and caring she would always help anyone she was a good friend to many.

“I felt in shock, when I found out she was missing and a body has been found. I still feel so sad heartbroken to be honest.”

Another college friend, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “I knew Madison from Thurrock Tech went to college together she was a lovely girl - very polite and caring, would talk to you.

“When I found out on Facebook I was shocked to think it was Madison. She was taken to soon.

“When I saw online that she was missing and a body has been found.

I was shocked and upset, she was just such a lovely girl.”

Politicians also joined in, offering kind word and tributes.

Stephen Metcalfe, Tory MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock posted on Twitter: “My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Madison Wright.

Devastating news - my sincere condolences. Glad Essex Police have acted so diligently and charged someone.”

On the Echo Facebook page, Lisa Sherwood posted: “How cruel. She wasn’t only a partner, someone’s child, she was a mother.

“My thoughts are with her family. Well done Essex Police for your hard work in this awful case.”