Michael Leahy: Fleetwood beach body identified by police

Michael Leahy Michael Leahy was described by his family as a very private man who worked for the post office before taking redundancy

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A "smartly-dressed" man whose body was spotted in the sea off a Lancashire beach has been identified.

Michael Leahy, 53, was discovered on 17 February about a mile offshore by a dog walker at Rossall near Fleetwood.

He was identified after his e-fit was circulated to police in Northamptonshire where he had been reported missing.

Police believe the former post office worker came to Blackpool in January but are keen to know where he was staying.

Det Insp Bev Foster, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: "Michael left home with a suitcase of belongings so it is likely he may have been staying at a local B&B.

"I would appeal to people, particularly local hoteliers, to look at Michael's photo and contact police if they have any guests matching his description who have not returned or left unexpectedly."

'Favourite uncle'

Mr Leahy was described as a very private man who lived alone in London where he worked for the post office before taking redundancy in 2012.

He was unmarried with no children but was described by his family as a "favourite uncle".

Mr Leahy spent Christmas in Northamptonshire with his mother and two brothers who reported him missing on 14 February.

His body was recovered three days later with the assistance of the coastguard. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police are awaiting toxicology results after a post-mortem examination proved inconclusive.

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