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Callouts 2014

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:35

Belstone walker found dead following search

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Belstone walker found dead following search

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team - Ashburton members consulting a map during a night search

At 23:36 last night the team were called to assist our North Moor colleagues with a Devon and Cornwall Police coordinated search for a missing male walker in the Belstone area on North Dartmoor.

The gentleman had become separated from his group earlier in the evening after going for a short walk, and the alarm was raised by his colleagues when he failed to return to their car. We joined the search alongside North Moor and SARDA search colleagues, and a Seaking Helicopter from 22 Squadron A-Flight RAF Chivenor.

In the early hours of this morning the gentleman was located in Halstock Woods by one of the search teams.

Not suspicious

Police today confirmed that the man had been found deceased and the circumstances were not suspicious. A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “The family of the man, who was a visitor to the area and not local, have been informed of his death.”

A post-mortem is due to be carried out and a report will be filed for the coroner.

A team spokesman said “We are very grateful to all the volunteers from the Okehampton and Ashburton teams who turned out to join the search and bring it to a swift conclusion. Our thoughts are with the gentleman’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

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