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Body found on Perranporth beach remains a mystery

Body found on Perranporth beach remains a mystery

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:10am 12th April 2018. (Updated at 6:05am 13th April 2018)

The death of a man whose body was found washed up on Perranporth beach four years ago still remains a mystery.

An inquest has finally been held after Alan Jeal was found naked with a sock and headphones stuffed into his mouth back in February 2014.

Police originally treated the death as suspicious and thought it could possibly be murder.

Now the coroner's court in Truro has heard how the 64-year-old from Wadebridge died from head and chest injuries and also from drowning.

Forensic pathologist Doctor Amanda Jeffery appeared via video link, and told the hearing: "It's possible this was a very unusual suicide but I cannot exclude another person involved in his death."

She said that some of Mr Jeal's injuries were consistent with a fall from height but that she had 'no idea' why the items were in his mouth, calling it 'most unusual'.

It took a full day to hear all the evidence on Wednesday and the coroner returned an open verdict.

Doctor Emma Carlyon told the inquest: "I cannot exclude intentional, accidental or the involvement of a third party in the death of Alan Jeal."

alan jeal - found dead at perranporth

Alan's brother Derek Jeal spoke to ITV News West Country afterwards.

He said: "We heard the evidence, they came to the conclusion they didn't know the answers, and therefore there was no answer and there is no conclusion for the coroner, so we wouldn't argue with that at all.

"When my kids were growing up he was a great uncle, he joined in with things that were going on, we all miss him and still want to know what happened."

Alan Jeal was discovered on the sand at Perranporth beach on the 25th February 2014, wearing only socks and one shoe.

A police appeal for information was launched, and his identity was revealed after family members rang officers after seeing an artist's impression.

Alan lived alone and was not reported missing to police.

Officers then turned their investigations to working out how he spent the last few days of his life.

They trawled through CCTV, and following a Crimewatch appeal, it was revealed that he took three bus journeys around Wadebridge, Truro, Newquay and Perranporth on the day before his body was discovered.

The last known sighting was around 10.30pm that night.

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