DNA identifies dead man found on beach
Police have used DNA evidence to identify a man who was found dead on an Exmouth beach.
The discovery of Clifford John Thorne on the shoreline of Cockles Sands last July had puzzled detectives and prompted a series of public appeals.
The 67-year-old, from Oxford, has now been identified by a DNA sample and by his family, who last saw him in January when he went out to buy a newspaper.
Officers are now attempting to trace missing belongings, including a watch with a gold-coloured face in the shape of an eagle and a key fob bearing a Welsh dragon.
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