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UPDATE: Perranporth Body
9:54am 22nd May 2014
(Updated 9:54am 22nd May 2014)
The brother of a Wadebridge man found dead on a Cornish beach makes a heartfelt plea - as new information is released.
Alan Jeal's body was discovered in February - naked and with a sock in his mouth.
Police are treating the 64 year old's death as suspicious.
Now, almost three months on, they are releasing new information.
Alan's brother Derek says every stone that is uncovered reveals more questions rather than answers. he told Pirate FM: "We can't bring Alan back, we just want to know what happened.
You can hear his full plea here:
Alan’s body was found on Tuesday 25 February with multiple injuries to his chest, head and hand. He suffered significant internal injuries, a flesh wound to his scalp and bleeding hand injuries.
There were some signs of possible drowning but it has not been confirmed as the cause of death.
A set of headphones were found in Alan’s mouth, as well as a rolled-up sock. The white Apple iPhone or iPod style headphones, with volume control, were looped around the back of the sock and were trailing out of his mouth.
The light blue rain coat he was seen wearing in Truro on Monday 24 February has not been found. The navy Regatta jacket found on the beach is thought to be different to the one he was seen wearing in the CCTV images.
Some of Alan’s other belongings are still missing, including a Barclays Bank current account card, a Barclaycard credit card, a Nokia 1110i mobile phone, a third generation iPod shuffle and the rest of the clothing he was wearing.
Alan had recently purchased a 10kg weighted training vest and 2kg ankle weights but they have not been located. Detectives are trying to establish whether they were bought for him to wear or whether he bought them for another reason such as a gift for someone else.
Alan is believed to have got a bus from the Lemon Quay, Truro to Perranporth at around 6.50pm on Monday 24 February. CCTV footage shows him waiting with three other people at a bus stop but these people have not been traced.
9:54am 22nd May 2014
Officers have taken advice from HM Coastguard about tides, currents, swell and weather conditions. One theory is that Alan may have entered the water towards Perran Sands however this has not been confirmed.
DCI Dave Thorne, Senior Investigating Officer, said: "Three months on and there are still some gaps in the information we have about Alan and his last movements.
"We are still treating his death as suspicious due to the extent of his injuries and the fact that he was found naked, with a sock and headphones in his mouth.
"There are a number of people we are keen to trace including three people seen with him at the bus stop in Truro who have not come forward yet.
"We believe he may have had a friend in Plymouth and another in Redruth, and would like to speak to them as they may be able to provide crucial information and fill in some of the gaps.
"During the investigation we have discovered that Alan was into online gaming and detectives would also like to hear from anyone who interacted with him online.
"There are lots of theories about how he may have died but we don’t know exactly what happened to him and we want to provide Alan’s family with some answers."
Anyone with any information that could assist with the investigation is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111, quoting reference 381 of 1 March.
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