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Identity of mystery Leeds pensioner found dead in canal confirmed

Leeds Live logo Leeds Live 31/01/2023 Lucy Marshall

Police have confirmed the mystery identity of a pensioner pulled from a canal in Leeds earlier this month.

On January 15, officers recovered the body of a man from Leeds Liverpool Canal near to Bramley Fall Woods. They also found a single key and a 30-year-old A-Z map book.

Officers issued a number of public appeals, including sharing photographs of the items found in his pockets, and a description of his appearance. WYP have confirmed the body has now been identified as that of Peter James Stewart, from Leeds.

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Peter has described as an elderly white male with a bald head with white hair on both sides with stubble on his face. He was found wearing a beige zipped up waist length jacket, khaki scarf, a blue jumper with a red and green diamond type design on, a brown belt, beige trousers, brown leather gloves, green socks and a green and brown checked shirt with a gold metal wristwatch.

After the body was found Detective Chief Inspector James Entwistle of Leeds CID said: "Extensive enquiries are being carried out into the circumstances of the man's death." In an update on Tuesday, January 31, a spokesperson confirmed the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

Detectives in Leeds have released images of a watch and keys found on a man whose body was recovered from the canal near to Bramley Fall Wood Park in Leeds © West Yorkshire Police Detectives in Leeds have released images of a watch and keys found on a man whose body was recovered from the canal near to Bramley Fall Wood Park in Leeds

They said: "An elderly man whose body was found in a canal in Leeds has now been identified. Information was received last night which established that the man, who was found in the Leeds & Liverpool Canal near to Bramley Fall Woods on Sunday, January 15, was 86-year-old Peter James Stewart, from Leeds.

"There were no suspicious circumstances in relation to his death and the Coronial process will continue.

"The incident has been the subject of a number of public appeals, and we are grateful to everyone who assisted in sharing the appeals and who contacted us with information."

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