Wheal Maid mine death cyclist named as David Alderson

Wheal Maid Image copyright Tony Atkin
Image caption The area around Wheal Maid is used by mountain bikers

A man whose body was found in a former Cornwall copper mine has been named by police as David Alderson, 72, from Falmouth.

Police believe the keen cyclist had an accident at Wheal Maid mine works, near Carharrack, Cornwall, and died.

His body, which was clothed in cycling apparel, was found by a dog walker on Saturday morning.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they were still searching for a bicycle but had now found his car.

Det Sgt George Lewis from Devon and Cornwall Police said: "We're particularly keen to trace a bicycle Mr Alderson might have used.

"The car was in Falmouth, quite near to Mr Alderson's home. He received injuries consistent with a fall.

"At the moment there's nothing to suggest any third party involvement."

The area around the mine, which closed in the 19th Century, is popular with mountain bikers.

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