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Body found in disused clay pit in St Dennis may be that of missing Cornish man

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 14, 2014

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The case of a Cornish resident who disappeared has been reignited after an unidentified body was found in a disused clay pit in Cornwall.

Enquiries are ongoing today after the corpse was discovered by a walker at Trelavour Pit, off Hendra Road in St Dennis, yesterday.

The walker alerted police after seeing a head and an arm floating just below the surface of the water.

Police received the call at around 5pm and a team was brought in to recover the body from the water.

The body has now been taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske.

Detective sergeant Steve Reid, from St Austell, said enquiries are continuing.

He said: “We do not yet know whether it is the body of a male or female as it appears to have been in the water for some time.

“At this time there appears to be nothing suspicious but we are of course keeping an open mind.

“Our priority is to try and identify who the person is.”

People living locally believe it could be the body of a man from St Dennis who has been missing for six years and who had threatened to take his own life.

Mr Reid said they hope to speak with the man’s next of kin later today.

Anyone with information is asked to call St Austell Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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