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Fresh appeal after death of young man on Scilly

Fresh appeal after death of young man on Scilly

Published by Emma Carton at 7:50am 14th February 2020. (Updated at 8:11am 14th February 2020)

The family of a young man found dead off the Isles of Scilly have launched a fresh appeal on what would have been his 28th birthday.

Josh Clayton disappeared after a party on Tresco back in 2015.

The 23-year-old's body was discovered in the sea, 10 days later.

An inquest has since ruled that his death was accidental.

The police investigation concluded there was no suspicious activity.

However, Josh's family have always felt that there was more to what happened.

His brother has set up a new web page, saying "somebody must know what happened to my brother".

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The family of a young man who died on the Isles of Scilly have launched a fresh appeal for clues. Photo: Family Photo

Josh's brother, Ashely Cox, posting the latest appeal to the Isles of Scilly Notice Board page on Facebook on Thursday.

"Today would have been my little brother's 28th birthday.

"He went missing immediately after attending a party on Tresco over four years ago.

"The inquest process and indeed the investigation by the police force and coroner yielded no answers and only more questions.

"I feel this is important to share amongst the Isles of Scilly population as somebody knows more".

Ashley Cox

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Josh Clayton's brother has set up a new website on what would have been the Scilly worker's 28th birthday. Photo: Family Photo

Police concluded their investigation in 2018, saying that 'no suspicious activity was found and no suspects were identified'.

At that time, Devon and Cornwall Police said their thoughts are with Josh's family on their tragic loss.

"I acknowledge the decision of the inquest jury today, Wednesday 12th December 2018, that the death of Josh Clayton was accidental.

"Following the suspension of the initial inquest into Josh Clayton's death we conducted an investigation into the new information that was presented during that inquest.

"I am satisfied that there has been a comprehensive investigation into this matter. We kept an open mind throughout the investigation. There was no evidence of any suspicious activity or indeed any evidence of third party involvement in his death, and therefore no suspects were identified.

"This has been a protracted and difficult investigation and we thank Josh’s family, friends, colleagues, residents of the Isles of Scilly and the wider public for their support in allowing us to ensure it was conducted in a thorough manner.

"My thoughts, and those of the investigation team, go out to Josh’s family on their tragic loss".

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Parker

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