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Mine Death Man Named

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9:58am 21st January 2014

The man found dead at a disused Cornish mine is named.

David Alderson's body was found at Wheal Maid near Carharrack at the weekend.

Detectives think the 72 year old from Falmouth had a cycling accident - and died at the scene.

Police are trying to trace his bike and car.

They think it is possible that someone has taken his bike for safe keeping, which might have appeared to have been abandoned.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "The body of a deceased male found on Saturday 18th January 2014 within the grounds of the mine works at Wheal Maid Near Carharrack in Cornwall, has now been identified as David Alderson, aged 72 years, from Falmouth .

"Enquiries suggest that the male has had a serious accident within the works and subsequently died at the scene. Mr Alderson was known to be a keen cyclist.

"Whilst a cycling accident is suspected, a bicycle has not yet been located in the proximity of Mr Anderson.
It is likely that the bike would have looked as though it had been abandoned and anyone recovering it for safe keeping is urged to contact the Police.

"We ask that anyone who has knowledge Mr Alderson, or of a bike recovered from the area, to please contact the Police to assist with the investigation.

"Police are also trying to trace a vehicle in relation to Mr Anderson; a Red Ford Fiesta Free Style, RV51MZZ.

"If you have any information of relevance to this incident or locate or sight the vehicle, please call 101 and quote log number 182 of the 18th January 2014."


Photograph copyright Tony Atkins and reused under Creative Commons licence.

9:58am 21st January 2014

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