Police confirm body found in river is millionaire farmer who vanished seven months ago

The body of William 'Bill' Taylor was found in the River Hiz in the village of Charlton, Hertfordshire on Sunday, January 10

The body of William 'Bill' Taylor was found in the River Hiz in the village of Charlton, Hertfordshire on Sunday, January 10

The body of William ‘Bill’ Taylor was found in the River Hiz in the village of Charlton, Hertfordshire on Sunday, January 10

A body discovered in a river has been identified as a millionaire farmer who vanished from his £1.2 million home seven months ago.

The body of William ‘Bill’ Taylor was found in the River Hiz in the village of Charlton, Hertfordshire on Sunday, January 10 by a passerby. 

Mr Taylor, 69, was last seen seven months ago at his home in Gosmore at around 9pm – eight days before his 70th birthday on June 11. 

He was reported missing the next day. 

Hertfordshire Police launched an intensive search for the missing man throughout the summer last year – but were unable to find a trace. 

Officers had even searched the area where the body was found when the millionaire had been missing for three-and-a-half months.  

It later emerged that Mr Taylor had reported an alleged arson on May 27 – just a week before his own disappearance.

Mr Taylor’s granddaughter, Rachel, shared photographs of the burnt out Land Rover Defender TD5 90 which she said was found inside an empty grain shed on May 27.

Images show the blackened remains of the 4×4 with parts of the melted roof hanging from the interior of the car. 

Mr Taylor, 69, was last seen seven months ago at his home in Gosmore at around 9pm - eight days before his 70th birthday on June 11

Mr Taylor, 69, was last seen seven months ago at his home in Gosmore at around 9pm - eight days before his 70th birthday on June 11

Mr Taylor, 69, was last seen seven months ago at his home in Gosmore at around 9pm – eight days before his 70th birthday on June 11

Officers had even searched the area where the body was found when the millionaire had been missing for three-and-a-half months

Officers had even searched the area where the body was found when the millionaire had been missing for three-and-a-half months

Officers had even searched the area where the body was found when the millionaire had been missing for three-and-a-half months

Mr Taylor's estranged wife Angela Taylor (pictured) and her partner Paul Cannon were arrested

Mr Taylor's estranged wife Angela Taylor (pictured) and her partner Paul Cannon were arrested

Mr Taylor’s estranged wife Angela Taylor (pictured) and her partner Paul Cannon were arrested

Officers confirmed at the time that police were investigating the alleged arson but said it was unclear whether or not it was connected to the disappearance.

Mr Taylor’s estranged wife Angela Taylor, 52, and her partner Paul Cannon, 53, were subsequently arrested and charged with arson, murder and conspiracy to murder.

They will both appear at St Albans Crown Court on April 8.

Mr Taylor’s two sons Michael, 18, and William, 23, were also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder but were released on police bail.

Police found the body at the River Riz on January 10 but were unable to identify it at the time

Police found the body at the River Riz on January 10 but were unable to identify it at the time

Police found the body at the River Riz on January 10 but were unable to identify it at the time

Officers meticulously scouring farmland, using wooden sticks to survey the ground beneath them, during a search for the millionaire in June last year

Officers meticulously scouring farmland, using wooden sticks to survey the ground beneath them, during a search for the millionaire in June last year

Officers meticulously scouring farmland, using wooden sticks to survey the ground beneath them, during a search for the millionaire in June last year

A third suspect, Gwyn Griffiths, 59, was arrested last month and has been charged with conspiracy to murder and assisting offenders.

He will appear at St Albans Crown Court on March 4. 

Mr Taylor’s family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Police say extensive enquiries have been carried out at the scene by officers from the Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Major Crime Unit.

Police and foresics with gas masks at the house of Angela Taylor, the estranged wife of the missing farmer, on September 21

Police and foresics with gas masks at the house of Angela Taylor, the estranged wife of the missing farmer, on September 21

Police and foresics with gas masks at the house of Angela Taylor, the estranged wife of the missing farmer, on September 21

TIMELINE OF EVENTS 

May 2018

William Taylor reports his Land Rover Defender TD5 90 had been set on fire in a grain shed on his £1.2 million property on May 27.

June 2018

The grandfather disappeared from his £1.2m home in Gosmore, Hertfordshire, at around 9pm on June 3 – eight days before his 70th birthday on June 11. 

Hertfordshire Police confirm they are investigating the burnt-out 4×4 – although it was unclear whether the alleged arson was connected to Mr Taylor’s disappearance.  

September 2018

Police search area around the River Hiz in the village of Charlton near Hitchin.  

Three men, aged 18, 23 and 53, and a 52-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of murder, conspiracy to murder, arson and conspiracy to commit arson.

Police search the home of Mr Taylor’s estranged wife Angela Taylor, one of those arrested, on September 21. 

December 2018

Two of those arrested, Mr Taylor’s estranged wife Angela Taylor and her partner Paul Cannon, were remanded in custody.

The Taylor’s two sons, who were also arrested, had previously been released on police bail. 

January 2019

Mr Taylor’s body was found in the River Hiz in the village of Charlton near Hitchin on Sunday 10 January by a member of the public. 

Gwyn Griffiths, 59, of Lucy Avenue, Folkestone, Kent, was arrested. He was charged with conspiracy to murder and assisting offenders.

February 2019

The body was formally identified as Mr Taylor. 

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