David Alderson copper mine body find: Murder suspect remanded

David Alderson Image copyright Devon and Cornwall Police
Image caption David Alderson was wearing cycling gear when his body was found

A man charged with murdering a cyclist whose body was found in a disused copper mine has appeared before Truro magistrates.

The body of David Alderson, 72, from Falmouth, was found on 18 January at Wheal Maid, near Carharrack, Cornwall.

Kevin Cooper, 33, from Redruth, was remanded in custody to appear at Truro Crown Court on 4 March.

Mr Cooper was arrested in Newbury, Berkshire, by Thames Valley Police earlier this week.

Mr Alderson was last seen leaving his home on Old Hill, Falmouth, in his red Ford Fiesta Freestyle, on the evening of 17 January.

He was found wearing cycling clothing although police have been unable to find his bike.

Mr Alderson's death was originally thought to have been the result of an accidental fall, before officers later concluded he had been murdered.

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