Still no answer in death probe

Shannon Brooks was found dead at home on New Years Day.

Shannon Brooks was found dead at home on New Years Day.

The grieving family of a 15-year-old schoolboy who died suddenly may have to wait many weeks to find out what led to the tragedy.

An initial post mortem examination could not determine the cause of Shannon Brooks’ death.

The popular teenager had been out celebrating the new year with friends just hours before he died.

Shannon was found dead at his home, on Blackpool’s Grange Park estate, on New Year’s Day.

Police say they have ordered more tests to find out how the youngster died, including a toxicology report, but they are facing a lengthy wait for answers.

Social media sites continue to be flooded with tributes for Shannon, with hundreds of people paying their respects and leaving messages of condolence for his family.

A Facebook group set up in his memory – called ‘RIP Shannon Brooks’ – now has more than 1,000 members.

Police say an investigation is on-going but they are not treating the death as suspicious.

Detectives have confirmed they are looking into the possibility that drugs may have played a part in Shannon’s death.

Det Con Paul Donnelly of Lancaster CID, whose office initially took charge of the case, said: “The coroner cannot make a decision until he has all the facts.

“Toxicology is one of those things that can take several weeks and some tests take months.”

Emergency services were called out to the former Collegiate High School pupil’s home, on Dawlish Avenue, at around 2pm on New Year’s Day.

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