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New CCTV released in beach body investigation

Police in Cornwall investigating the suspicious death of Alan Jeal have released new CCTV images showing him in Wadebridge on the afternoon before his body was washed up on Perranporth beach.

The CCTV shows the 64-year-old outside Bridge Tools on Gonvena Hill in the town at around 4.45pm on Monday 24 February. He was wearing a light-blue jacket which has not been recovered:

Officers investigating the death are also keen to trace a potential witness who was seen on CCTV at the bus stop in Truro’s Lemon Quay at 6.19pm on Monday 24 February 2014.

Officers believe the man, with grey hair, wearing a long dark coat and fisherman’s style hat, saw Alan while waiting for a bus:

The mystery surrounding Alan Jeal's death will be featured on BBC’s Crimewatch programme tonight. It will feature a reconstruction of a body being found on Perranporth beach.

It has been five months since Alan’s body was found and there are still many unanswered questions in this case.

We are hoping that this latest appeal will bring us new leads to help us solve the mystery and bring closure to the family.

– Detective Chief Inspector Dave Thorne, Senior Investigating Officer
Alan Jeal as a young man. Credit: family

A map showing CCTV footage of Alan Jeal's last movements in Truro on the night before his body was found can be viewed here:

Videos courtesy of Devon & Cornwall Police.