Man found dead in the River Severn
By Court reporter | 18th August 2021
An mystery man in his late fifties who was found dead in the River Severn at Hempsted, Gloucester, wearing only shoes and socks in April did not die in suspicious circumstances, a coroner has ruled.
An inquest was held last week into the death of the white man, who was approximately five feet eight inches tall, after the failure of all attempts so far to identify him.
The inquest at Gloucester Coroner's Court was told that the police were called after a member of the public thought they had seen a body in the river on April 28 this year in the Longney area.
A search of the area was conducted by the Severn Area Rescue Association, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and the police helicopter and the body was located upstream in Hempstead. Paramedics pronounced life extinct after the body had been brought to the river bank.
The man, aged between 50 and 60, had salt/pepper stubbly hair on the top and sides of his head, the inquest heard.
The assistant coroner for Gloucestershire, Roland Wooderson, stated that the cause of death was unascertained and said that police enquires were still ongoing.
Mr Wooderson recorded a narrative conclusion: "Despite police efforts, the identity of the man remains unknown. The police have confirmed that there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances that are obvious, with a lack of injuries to the body.
"At post mortem the pathologist commented that there was no indication of any ante-mortem injury."
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