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Investigation continues into death of Alan Jeal

Three months on detectives are today renewing their appeal for information into the death of 64 year old Alan Jeal from Wadebridge.

His body was discovered by a member of the public while out walking his dog on Tuesday 25th February. Multiple injuries were found on his body which officers say are inconsistent with drowning and cannot be easily explained.

Police have revealed that when Alan’s body was discovered, a sock was found in his mouth.

We can’t think of an explanation as to why it would be there and this is one of the reasons we are treating Alan’s death as suspicious. Officers are keeping an open mind as to the cause of his death. Murder is one possibility we are considering, however his death may have been caused by accident or suicide.

– DCI Dave Thorne
Artist's impression of Alan Jeal Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Alan's brother Derek Jeal says uncertainties surrounding Alan's death are making it difficult for the family to find closure. He is urging anyone who may have seen or spoken to him on the night of his death to come forward.

Alan was a man who never really went far from Cornwall and as someone who loved the outdoor life, particularly surfing when he was younger in the Polzeath area. We appeal for anyone with information about Alan’s life and last movements to contact police.

– Derek Jeal, brother

Detectives are now renewing their appeal to trace the three people seen on CCTV at a Truro bus stop with Alan Jeal, as well as anyone who saw him in Perranporth.

The images show a man matching Alan Jeal’s description talking to someone at a bus stop at 6.45pm on Monday 24 February at Lemon Quay bus station, Truro.

Two other people were also waiting for the bus, destined for Perranporth, at the same time.

CCTV footage of Alan Jeal at Lemon Quay bus station, Truro Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The people seen at the bus stop have not come forward, maybe because they have not seen the original appeal. They could hold vital information about his plans for that evening and we would urge them to get in touch.

We are also keen to speak to anyone who saw him in Perranporth that evening, whether getting off the bus, walking around the town or near the beach.

– DCI Dave Thorne

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101.

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