Missing Blackpool man found dead in woods took his own life, court rules

A Blackpool man who was found dead in woods two weeks after disappearing from his home took his own life, a court has ruled.

By Staff reporter
Monday, 17th January 2022, 12:33 pm
Updated Monday, 17th January 2022, 5:30 pm

David Buckley, 39, was last seen alive on Reads Avenue, where he lived, on August 10 last year.

His body was found in a wooded area off Rough Heys Lane at 6.30pm on August 23. It appeared he had been dead for some time.

A post-mortem carried out by Dr Sameer Shaktawat revealed ligature marks around his neck, and it was determined the cause of death was hanging. A toxicology report could not be carried out, however, due to the state of Mr Buckley's remains.

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David Buckley, 39. Picture from Lancashire police

Handing down a conclusion of suicide at his inquest at Blackpool town hall last week, coroner Louise Rae said: "The deceased had a history of psychosis and drug use which was being treated by local drug and alcohol services and he was taking part in a drug programme as part of his supervision order through the probation service.

"On the August 10 2021, he was last seen alive by his ex-partner and was reported missing on August 13 by a neighbour. On August 23 the deceased's decomposed body was discovered by the police, suspended by improvised ligature attached to a tree in a woodland area off a footpath off Rough Heys Lane in Blackpool."

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