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VIDEO: Mystery Body Identified
10:08am 7th March 2014
(Updated 10:08am 7th March 2014)
The family of a man found dead on Perranporth beach say they are in shock.
Police have idenfied him as sixty-four year old Alan Jeal, who lived alone in Wadebridge.
His death is being treated as suspicious - because of injuries police can not explain.
Two callers, including family members, rang police giving Alan’s name after seeing an artist’s impression.
In a statement his family said: “Alan was a mild-mannered, gentle man who was very interested in minerals, mining and surfing.
"We are shocked and deeply saddened that Alan's life has been cut short and are desperate for answers as to what happened.
“We appeal for anyone with information about Alan’s life and last movements to contact police."
The investigation is now focusing on Alan’s movements on the days before his body was found.
Now detectives are releasing CCTV of the last known sighting of Alan on Monday 24th February, shortly after midday, in Wadebridge town centre. Scroll down to watch.
DCI Dave Thorne, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “Firstly, our thoughts are with Alan’s family and friends at this upsetting time and we will do everything we can to support them.
“Now that we know his identity, we can progress with the investigation and try to find out exactly what happened to him.
“He was last seen on Monday 24 February, the day before his body was discovered, and I would welcome information from anyone who knew Alan, or who saw him in the days leading up to his death.”
Police have released a series of photographs of items which were found on the beach.
The Regatta jacket, wallet and photograph, which were found on Wednesday 26 February, are believed to be Alan’s.
It is believed that the photograph found in the wallet shows Alan when he was two years old in the family home.
It is not known whether the rucksack and woolly hat, found nearby on the same day that the body was found, are linked to him.
Alan lived alone and was not reported missing to police.
Anyone with information that could assist with the investigation is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 381 of 1 March.
Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.10:08am 7th March 2014
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