Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cold Case Police in Plea for Witnesses; Missing Man's Body Found in Woodland

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cold Case Police in Plea for Witnesses; Missing Man's Body Found in Woodland

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Byline: Dan Warburton

AN INVESTIGATION into the death of a Wearside council worker has been re-opened - nearly 20 years after his skeletal remains were found in a North East beauty spot.

David Hall went missing from h is home on Newbridge Avenue, Fulwell, Sunderland, in 1987 after telling his parents he was going to play football with work colleagues.

But it was more than five years later that detectives found the 26-year-old's body in woodland near Ingleby Bank Wood at Ingleby Greenhow, south east of Stokesley in North Yorkshire.

Now a cold case review has sparked a fresh investigation as officers try to find the "missing piece of the jigsaw" that will help solve the mystery surrounding Mr Hall's death. Det Chief Insp Nigel Costello, who is leading the investigation, said: "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."

Mr Hall, who worked for Sunderland Council at the Millfield cleansing depot, was reported missing from his Sunderland home in August 1987.

He was last seen alive Wednesday August 5 of that year when he visited an ex-girlfriend in staff accommodation at Sunderland General Hospital.

Almost five years later, on July 13, 1992, a skeleton was uncovered in the ground by forestry workers and it was later identified by a thin gold ring inscribed with the initials DBH.

An investigation involving up to 20 North Yorkshire detectives sought to find how Mr Hall met his death and why his body came to be in a remote forest over 40 miles from his home. …

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