Police identify body of a man found in woodland near Broadclyst

Police have identified the body of a man who was discovered by a dog walker in woodland near Broadclyst on Wednesday, August 12.

Officers said the body found in Paradise Copse, near Ashclyst Forest, was formally identified as 52-year-old John Coker.

His next of kin have been made aware and have asked for privacy, said police.

Mr Coker’s death is not being treated as suspicious and police are continuing to carry out investigations while a report for the coroner is put together.

Mr Coker had been reported missing from the Bradninch area since July 17, sparking wide-spread searches and inquiries from the emergency services, police, Dartmoor Search and Rescue and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Urban Search and Rescue team (USAR).

Police at Paradise Copse close to Broadclyst.

Police at Paradise Copse close to Broadclyst.

Police at Paradise Copse close to Broadclyst.

Woodland at Paradise Copse was cordoned off after a man’s body was found by a dog walker.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Police have now identified the body of a man who was discovered on Wednesday 12 August by a dog walker on Paradise Copse in Broadclyst, Exeter.

“The body was formally identified as 52-year-old John Coker, who was previously missing from the Bradninch area of Devon.

“His next of kin are aware and have asked for privacy at this time.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and police continue to carry out enquiries on behalf of the coroner.”

Police at Paradise Copse close to Broadclyst.

Police at Paradise Copse near Broadclyst.

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