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VIDEO: Brother Of 'Body On The Beach' Man Appeals For Information
12:02pm 14th April 2014
(Updated 12:02pm 14th April 2014)
The brother of a man found dead on a Cornish beach has appealed for information.
Alan Jeal's body was discovered naked and with a sock in his mouth on Perranporth beach in February.
The 64-year old from Wadebridge was captured on CCTV in the town the day before - and later in Truro.
But from there it is a mystery how he ended up dead on Perranporth.
Derek Jeal describes Alan as a man who never really went far from Cornwall and as someone who loved the outdoor life, particularly surfing around Polzeath when he was younger.
Derek said: "We don't know why he would go west that evening. It seems out of character for him to be heading there - unless he was meeting someone or going to some event we know nothing about at the present time.
"For every stone that's turned over there seems to be another question rather than an answer.
"It's a matter of getting some closure about what's happened - about needing to know about the missing part of the end of Alan's life.
Derek told how Alan spent time with his nephews when they were growing up: "They enjoyed his company - he was a fun uncle - especially piggybacking and things like that they used to do.
"He was part of a really nice family - and we will miss him."
Detectives are trying to trace his bank cards and a missing iPod Shuffle.
Investigators say multiple injuries on his body are not consistent with drowning.
They want to hear from anyone who might have spoken to Alan in Truro on the evening of the 24th February.
DCI Dave Thorne, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “The people seen at the bus stop have not come forward, maybe because they have not seen the original appeal. They could hold vital information about his plans for that evening and we would urge them to get in touch.
“We are also keen to speak to anyone who saw him in Perranporth that evening, whether getting off the bus, walking around the town or near the beach.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 quoting police ref. 381 of March 1st.
You can watch the full video here...12:02pm 14th April 2014
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