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Market Drayton Death Update Police Renew Appeal

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a man found in a field at Market Drayton last week.

The officer leading the inquiry, Detective Inspector Andy Parsons today said officers remain anxious to hear from anyone who can help establish the man's movements leading up to the discovery of his body at around 1pm on Thursday.

"However, at this stage of the inquiry, we are not looking for anyone else in connection with his death," Det Insp Parsons said.

The man, who is believed to be local and in his forties, was found in a field close to where the Shropshire Union canal aqueduct crosses Berrisford Road.

A post mortem was held on Friday but results of various tests are still awaited.

Det Insp Parsons said: "Several people have come forward in response to our earlier appeal and I am grateful for their assistance.

"We are repeating the appeal for information today because we are still trying to establish the man's full and exact movements leading up to his death. While these investigations continue we are treating it as an unexplained death and urging people to get in touch if they think they may have spotted him."

The man was wearing a distinctive bandana and may have been at or near the location where he was found since the previous evening, on Wednesday

"It is vital we talk to anyone who was in the area between about 7pm on Wednesday (Aug 29) and around 1pm on Thursday," said Det Insp Parsons.

"Someone on the canal or using the towpath across the aqueduct or the steps up to it from Berrisford Road may have seen or heard something. He was wearing a bandana and any sightings of him could be important to our inquiries."

Contact Market Drayton or Shrewsbury CID on the non-emergency 101 number.

Formal identification and an inquest opening are expected to take place towards the end of this week.

Issued: Monday, 03 September 2012


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