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It was the position of the body which somehow seemed strange. The cyclist who found the man thought he looked like he was having a rest, although it was bitterly cold and the rain was torrential. The Chew Track, which runs between two reservoirs, is steep. The dead man was positioned on his back perfectly in line with the slope. Stuart Crowther saw the body while out on one of his regular bike rides.
More often than not, people are carrying something from which they can be identified - a mobile phone, credit cards, a travel card. But this man had nothing. No wallet, no keys. No clue to who he was. Coleman says it is not unheard of to find no forms of ID on a body. But on such occasions, the police usually find it is just a case of matching the body with someone who is reported missing. Not this time. Six months have now passed since the man on the moor lay down by the path and died, and still no-one has even the vaguest notion of who he is. There is only a description - height 6ft 1in, white, slim build, receding grey hair, blue eyes, large nose which might have been broken.
From the entrance to The Clarence, it is easy to point to the place where the walk to the Chew Track begins, just as Robinson did for the visitor on that Friday afternoon. I told him there’s not enough daylight for him to get there and back today. He just thanked me and asked me again for the directions, which I repeated to him. And he just set off.” The body was found about 21 hours later. The cause of death was - for modern Britain - extremely unusual. The man on the moor had died from strychnine poisoning.
originally posted by: ozzyhoss
a reply to: LadyGreenEyes
I believe it was a suicide.. long planned. He did not want anyone that knew him to find out. May he rest in peace with no regrets.