Police ID body found in well

The body of a man found inside a storm well by workers at Northumbrian Water in Middlesbrough has now been identified.

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Police identify body found in Middlesbrough well

Rimpal Kumar.

Police have identified the body of man who was recovered from a well in Middlesborough last month.

The body of Rimpal Kumar was discovered by Northumbrian Water's Treatment Works staff at their Cargo Fleet site in the town on October 15.

Rimpal Kumar.

The 38-year-old, originally from India, had lived in Birmingham for a number of years and was last seen in the Linthorpe area of Middlesbrough at about 8pm the same day.

Police are still treating the death as unexplained.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.


Body down a well post mortem inconclusive

Police have revealed more details about the body discovered at Cargo Fleet Pumping Station.

They said:

  • He was over 21 but under 40.
  • He had dark hair, possibly dark facial hair.
  • There are no reports of missing persons in the Cleveland area in relation to the discovery.
  • There is only access to the well on the site or by manhole
  • All manholes in Middlesbrough will be searched for signs of disturbance.
  • The site takes in storm water and sewerage. It is completely separate to any drinking water source.
  • He was found naked - it is possible his clothes had been washed off.
  • If the man did enter the system through a manhole, the currents are such he could have come from anywhere in Middlesbrough

Body of a man found in Middlesbrough wet well

The body of a man has been found inside a wet well by workers at Northumbrian Water in Middlesbrough. The body was discovered at the Cargo Fleet Pumping Station on October 14. The body could not be removed because of the levels of rainfall. Cleveland Fire Brigade located the body on October 15.

A post mortem examination has taken place, which indicated that the man had been dead for a minimum of three weeks but possibly up to three months. The cause of death was inconclusive.

There has been no reports of missing people in the Cleveland Police area within the timescales described who have not been found. His DNA is not registered on the national database.

Officers have yet to identify the man, who is said to be over the age of 21, and are treating his death as unexplained.

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