Cornwall

Alan Jeal death: Police appeal for witness

  • 27 March 2014
  • From the section Cornwall
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Mr Jeal was found naked apart from wearing socks and one walking shoe

Police investigating the death of a man whose naked body was washed up on a Cornish beach want to trace a witness.

The man detectives want to trace was in The Leats in Truro at 18:30 GMT on 24 February, the day before Alan Jeal's body was discovered at Perranporth.

Mr Jeal's body, found on 25 February, had multiple injuries "inconsistent with drowning and cannot be easily explained", police said.

The witness was seen wearing shorts and a waterproof jacket.

Det Ch Insp Dave Thorne, senior investigating officer, said: "We would like to speak to this man in case he saw or spoke to Alan."

Mr Jeal, 64, from Wadebridge, lived alone and was not reported missing to the police.

CCTV footage of a man matching Alan Jeal's description
Officers have previously released CCTV footage from Truro bus station

His body had only socks and one walking shoe on it when it was found by a dog walker.

Officers previously released CCTV footage, hoping to trace three people standing at a bus stop in Truro, with a man matching Mr Jeal's description.

Earlier in the investigation, the force released a series of photographs of items that were found on the beach.

A Regatta jacket, wallet and photograph that were found on 26 February are believed to be Mr Jeal's.

A black-and-white woolly hat, found on Perranporth Beach on the day that Mr Jeal's body was discovered, has been claimed by its owner and eliminated from inquiries, a spokesman said.

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