‘I found Newport car crash wreckage where my mate died, so why didn’t the cops?’

The bloke who found the car crash containing three people in Cardiff has slammed Gwent and South Wales Police forces for failing to do what he did.

The bodies of Eve Smith, 21, Darcy Ross, 21, and Rafel Jeanne, 24, were pulled from the wreckage of a car in St Mellons, Wales, on Monday (March 6) morning, 46 hours after they were last seen.

Sophie Russon, 20, and Shane Loughlin, 32, were luckily found alive but injured, having spent nearly two days next to the dead bodies of their friends.

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The crash site was only found after a dogwalker spotted the white VW Tiguan hidden behind some trees just 20 metres from the road – and he has now spoken out.

Matthew Pace, 45, and son Lewis, found the grim sight after searching for just 15 minutes.

His son was actually friends with Rafel, and had spoken to him just a few days before.

According to The Sun, he said: “I stopped after Lewis noticed some tyre tracks going off the roundabout into some trees.

“We pulled up and were walking towards the trees and thought I saw a headlight glinting.

“The next minute a plain clothes police car pulled up and said they assumed we were looking for the missing car.

“We said we thought it might be in those trees – they radioed in to the helicopter and shone flash lights to guide it in.

“I’m assuming the helicopter confirmed the car was there because the next minute it went crazy.

“They taped it off and then police came from everywhere.”

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The police took over the search, and Matthew and his son never actually saw the wreckage.

But he slammed the police for not being able to find them themselves.

“If they were found sooner maybe there would be better news,” he said.

“I would have thought the police would have been looking from the moment they were reported missing on Saturday.”

And Lewis paid tribute to his friend, who he described as a “very good kid”.

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He added: “We were very very close, we did most things together.

“He's just hilarious, honestly the best way to describe him is just funny, like he's always up for a laugh. I just miss him already.”

Assistant Chief Constable Jason Davies of South Wales Police did not comment on the issues of the length of time it took to find the crash, but did admit that South Wales Police has referred the case to the Independent Office for Police Conduct to examine.

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