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A missing man’s body was found after a psychic situated nearly 4,500 miles away told his mum where to search.
Alex Holland, 27, disappeared from his parent’s home in Kent in late November last year, and his body was later found face down in a watery ditch nearby the following February.
In January, the dad-of-two’s mum Rachel Holland, 50, said she was contacted by a medium who said she knew where to find her missing son.
Despite living in Florida, Mary Lawton Johnson claims to have connected with Alex’s spirit after seeing him ‘face down in water’.
His relatives said the police refused to take the psychic’s suggestions seriously, and instead his body was discovered by local dog walkers.
The family has since slammed the force, saying they didn’t do enough to find him.
An inquest in Maidstone was recently told that a post-mortem couldn’t determine the exact cause of death, something Rachel said she’s ‘glad’ about as the case can be reinvestigated.
A toxicologist discovered small traces of cocaine and alcohol in the 27-year-old’s system, although they do not believe these were contributory factors.
Joanne Andrews, Area Coroner for North East Kent, recorded an open conclusion at his inquest, stating: "I have no evidence to conclude how he came to be in the ditch.
"There is no indication of third party involvement, police say the death is not suspicious and there is no evidence to reach a conclusion of death by suicide.
"I simply don't know how he came to be in that ditch."
Speaking about the conclusion to the outlet, Rachel said: “I'm glad it was an open verdict as it can be reinvestigated at any time.
“I just feel numb. It'll never be over for me as I've lost my son forever.
"I honestly believe my son was murdered. He was found in the water but with no water in his lungs. So, I believe he was dead when he was put in it."
The mum explained that Mary’s suggestions matched up with her own assumptions about her son’s disappearance.
She believed from the night he went missing that there was foul play as he left their home with no coat on and without a phone while wearing sliders on his feet.
“I believe he was dragged out of his car and taken in another vehicle and killed,” Rachel added. “Police wouldn't believe me - they wouldn't listen to a single word I said."
Kent officers previously said that they had carried out extensive inquiries after Alex’s body was uncovered, including reviewing CCTV and examining mobile phone data.
In response to a complaint filed by his family, a force spokesperson said: "Kent Police have received a complaint regarding the actions taken to search for Alex Holland.
"In order to ensure the complaint is looked into fully, it would be inappropriate to comment further."
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