Police in Cornwall appeal for help in tracing bike after cyclist found dead

Body discovered at popular mountain biking spot but mystery surrounds final movements and bike is missing

by Simon_MacMichael   January 23, 2014  

Broken bike (CC licensed image by garryknight, www.flickr.com)

Police in Cornwall have appealed for help in ascertaining the last movements of a keen cyclist found dead at a popular mountain biking venue – but while he was dressed in riding kid, his bike has not been found.

The body of David Alderson, aged 72, was discovered at Wheal Maid near Carharrack at around 9am on the morning of Saturday 18 January, reports the Western Morning News.

The retired driving instructor, who lived in Falmouth, was a keen cyclist and is said to have suffered a head injury consistent with a fall from a bike.

The 72-year-old was an enthusiastic cyclist. He had suffered a head injury consistent with a fall, although it is not known whether that caused his death, and his bike has still not been found.

Police say it may have looked as though it was abandoned and it is possible someone may have taken it for safekeeping.

Detective Constable Julian Lewis of Devon & Cornwall Police said: “Mr Alderson’s neighbours said he cycled daily.”

“However none of them saw him set off on Saturday morning.

“He was found in cycling clothes and the presumption is that he went up there on his bike.

“However, we do need to find that bike. It’s possible someone found it and couldn’t see the owner so took it home.

“We would like anyone who has found that bike to get in touch. It is the last piece of the jigsaw.”

Police deployed a helicopter to search for the bike to no avail, and one theory is that the location where Mr Alderson’s body was found is not the same as the one where whatever mishap befell him occurred.

DC Lewis explained: “Perhaps he cycled up there and had an accident but was able to walk off from where that accident took place, then perhaps somebody came along and took the bike away.”

Initially, police also appealed for help in finding Mr Alderson's Ford Fiesta car, which was subsequently found in a street close to his home.

His son, Christopher Alderson, said his father, originally from Yorkshire, had moved to Cornwall some 30 years ago and the pair had not seen each other for eight years.

He told the newspaper: “It’s quite emotional, a bit of a shock.

“A bit sad to know that, even though we didn’t see each other that much, he won’t be there to talk to anymore.”

Devon & Cornwall Police can be contacted via the non-emergency number, 101.

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That's pretty sad. I do hope the family can get an answer to put their minds a peace. Does sound a little suspicious, hope some scally didn't have ago.

We're all entitled to a reasonable opinion!

posted by Guyz2010 [291 posts]
23rd January 2014 - 21:05

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R.I.P dude and condolences to his family, mtbing has lost a brother.

Better to die living than living like your dead.

posted by Shep73 [138 posts]
24th January 2014 - 0:26

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Maybe I'm being a massive cynic but I assume some scumbag stole his bike as he lay there dying. Perhaps if the Police published a picture or description of the bike somebody might spot it.

RIP

posted by drfabulous0 [403 posts]
24th January 2014 - 9:46

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drfabulous0 wrote:
Maybe I'm being a massive cynic but I assume some scumbag stole his bike as he lay there dying. Perhaps if the Police published a picture or description of the bike somebody might spot it.

RIP


Unfortunately I thought the same.

posted by Shep73 [138 posts]
24th January 2014 - 11:16

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Knowing the area I don't doubt someone has pinched the bike, I hope that it doesn't mean people are going to stop cycling there as it's a nice spot.

posted by VeNT [41 posts]
24th January 2014 - 14:21

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If nothing else, it sounds as though he died doing something he loved.

Grizzerly

posted by Grizzerly [147 posts]
27th January 2014 - 17:16

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Local BBC news just now, this is now a murder enquiry and they've issued the name and image of another man they want to talk to.

posted by Bagpuss [102 posts]
29th January 2014 - 18:34

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Grizzerly wrote:
If nothing else, it sounds as though he died doing something he loved.

BBC reports it's now a murder investigation.

posted by Metjas [312 posts]
29th January 2014 - 20:21

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