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Police hope for closure on woodland body mystery in North Yorkshire

Police hope for closure on woodland body mystery in North Yorkshire

11:24am 10th August 2010

North Yorkshire Police have re-opened an investigation into the death of a Sunderland man whose body was found in woodland at Ingleby Greenhow near Stokesley in 1992.  


26-yr-old David Hall was reported missing from his Sunderland home in August 1987. Almost five years later, on 13 July 1992, his body was found by forestry workers in woodland at Ingelby Bank Wood, Ingleby Greenhow near Stokesley.


A comprehensive investigation was undertaken in 1992 to try and ascertain how Mr Hall met his death and why his body came to be in a remote forest over forty miles from his home. However, due to the length of time since Mr Hall died and the discovery of his body, a cause of death could never be ascertained by the examining pathologist and at the subsequent inquest, an open verdict was recorded.


Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Costello, who is leading the investigation, said: "North Yorkshire Police, like other forces, seek to review unexplained deaths in their area to see whether any new information or advances in forensic science can help us solve them and bring closure for the family of the deceased.


"During the course of this review,  the case papers and other material collated during both the enquiry into David's disappearance and the investigation into his death, have been re-examined to see whether any new lines of enquiry can be generated and whether the advancements in forensic science can assist us in determining how he met his death.  


"Someone potentially knows exactly how David died. Due to the passage of time we believe there may be people out there who may now find it easier to come to the police with any information they have, despite not wanting to - for whatever reason - all those years ago.


"I would appeal to these people to come forward and pass that information on. Please think of the family of David Hall and how you could provide the missing piece of the jigsaw so that they can grieve properly."


We appeal to anyone who has any information, to please contact North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 247. Or, if you prefer,  you can give information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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