‘Tim was one of the best people I ever met’

A friend of a top-ranking police officer whose body was found at the weekend has paid tribute to him.

Tim Frohwein was found in the Goyt Valley on Saturday by family friends who were helping to search for the 48-year-old.

The married father-of-three, who was Chesterfield’s Chief Inspector, was reported missing from his Buxton home on Sunday, November 17.

Alcohol awareness campaigner Gary Topley, of Chesterfield, knew Mr Frohwein for five years. Mr Topley said: “Tim was a massive help to me in my work and one of the best people I had ever met.

“He was kind-hearted, honest and supportive among many other things.”

Mr Topley wrote to Derbyshire Constabulary Chief Constable Mick Creedon when he started battling his alcohol addiction, to see if he could meet with police.

He said: “Tim came to my house not long after and we spoke and stayed in touch ever since.

“I met him quite a bit for a general catch up and some guidance, mainly speaking about my personal life and alcohol work.

“He was always there as a positive role model for me and an inspiration. He is someone who will never be replaced and he will be sorely missed.”

Derbyshire police said Mr Frohwein’s body was found on the Grouse Moor during a search organised by his sons.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. His inquest is due to open on Thursday.