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"Mammoth" CCTV Trawl Over Body On Beach Mystery

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:00am 14th March 2014. (Updated at 11:53am 17th March 2014)

Police admit they are facing a "mammoth" trawl of CCTV to work out how a Wadebridge man ended up dead on Perranporth, with a sock stuffed in his mouth.

They are treating the death of Alan Jeal as suspicious and admit they can not rule out the possibility he was murdered.

CCTV images released last week show a man they believe to be the 64 year old in Truro the day before his body was found by a dog walker at Perranporth.

It is thought Alan got the number 594 bus from Wadebridge to the Lemon Quay area of Truro, arriving at the bus station at 6.14pm. He was seen walking towards the public toilets at The Leats, and was last seen at 6.36pm in Boscawen Street.

Officers are trying to find out where he went after that, and how he got to Perranporth.

That means checking hours of footage from areas he might have travelled, including places like Portreath and St Agnes.

DCI Dave Thorne, Senior Investigating Officer, said: "We are keen to speak to anyone who saw Alan on Monday 24 February, whether walking, on public transport or in a car.

"We have traced his movements up until 6.36pm in Truro city centre but we need the public’s help in establishing where he went after that."

Alan’s body was discovered by a member of the public while out walking his dog at around 2pm on Tuesday 25 February. He was naked apart from wearing socks and one walking shoe. Multiple injuries were found on his body which are inconsistent with drowning and cannot be easily explained. Police have revealed that when Alan’s body was discovered, a sock was found in his mouth.

"We can’t think of an explanation as to why it would be there and this is one of the reasons we are treating Alan’s death as suspicious," said DCI Thorne.

"Officers are keeping an open mind as to the cause of his death. Murder is one possibility we are considering, however his death may have been caused by accident or suicide.

"We would also to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the discovery of his body on the beach on Tuesday 25 February and may have recorded the incident on their camera or mobile phone," added DCI Thorne.

Anyone with any information that could assist with the investigation is asked to call police on 101 quoting log 381 of 1 March, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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