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Dead body found on beach leads to police asking gay men for help

Dead body found on beach leads to police asking gay men for help

A dead body was found on a beach in south-west England, leading to police asking for help from the gay community.

With a sock in his mouth, Alan Jeal’s body was found naked on a Cornwall beach Perranporth, which is locally known as a ‘gay cruising site’.

Witnesses are asked to come forward if they have any information about Jeal, or how he died. 

Detectives are ‘particularly appealing to the gay community’ for information, despite having no evidence that Jeal was gay.

Officers are interested in information on where Jeal was going on 24 February when he was filmed on CCTV footage in Truro and Wadebridge, and police want to talk to anyone who might have information on his ‘lifestyle’.

Jeal’s body was found on 25 February without bank cards and personal belongings and detectives are currently trying to locate the missing bank cards from Barclays.

Detective Chief Inspector David Thorne said they had been in contact with Jeal’s younger brother, who was ‘clearly traumatized by the whole thing’.

‘Derek has given us some information about Alan’s lifestyle and that he was quite a solitary character,’ he said.

‘But, unfortunately it doesn’t move us forward in finding out what happened on the evening he disappeared.’

A post-mortem examination was inconclusive as it found multiple injuries on the body that were inconsistent with drowning.

The cause of death unclear and police said reason of death could be murder, suicide or an accident.

Any witnesses are asked to call the police on 101 quoting log 381 of 1 March or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.