originally by: BBC News
published: 28 January 2014
A police force mishandled the search for a missing vulnerable man who died after being found unconscious, an independent watchdog has found.
Shaun Elliott, 43, died on 11 July 2011, after going missing from a care home in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has made seven recommendations to Thames Valley Police over the way it handles investigations. Four officers have been disciplined over the matter.
Mr Elliott had learning difficulties, mental health problems and drug and alcohol addictions. He disappeared from the Hawthorne Road care home on 6 July but the home did not report him missing until two days later.
An inquest at Buckinghamshire Coroner’s Court heard Mr Elliott arrived at the flat of an associate, Ryan Cronin, in Quarrendon Road, Amersham, on the morning of 8 July .