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Man whose body was found in Walton Dam is identified

A man whose body was found in the water at Walton Dam in Chesterfield has been identified following a police appeal for information.

The body was recovered from the water on the afternoon of Tuesday, 20 August but at that time officers were unable to find out who he was.

Police issued an appeal for help identifying the man yesterday and as a result, a member of the public called the force with concerns for a neighbour who hadn’t been seen for a number of days.

His family was then traced and he has now been formally identified by a relative.

There are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances in relation to the death of the man, who was 74 and from Ashgate, near Chesterfield.

Detective Inspector Toby Fawcett-Greaves, who led the investigation, said: “I would firstly like to offer my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the gentleman.

“Receiving news of this nature is extremely distressing and our officers are helping them to navigate through what will be a difficult and challenging time for them.

“We asked for help in identifying the man and it was a concerned member of the public, worried about their neighbour, who came forward.

“I would like to thank that concerned neighbour, and everyone else who contacted us to offer their assistance.”

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