Man's death a mystery

PUBLISHED: 01:01 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:47 10 June 2010

MYSTERY surrounds the death of an Exmouth man whose body washed up on Shelley Beach on Friday. The body of 41-year-old Peter Skinner was discovered by a dog walker just before midday on January 11, prompting police to cordon off the beach at Exmouth Quay.

MYSTERY surrounds the death of an Exmouth man whose body washed up on Shelley Beach on Friday.The body of 41-year-old Peter Skinner was discovered by a dog walker just before midday on January 11, prompting police to cordon off the beach at Exmouth Quay.Detectives investigating the case have appealed for information which could help shed light on the death. Following initial enquiries and Tuesday's post mortem, officers have uncovered no suspicious circumstances surrounding the as-yet unexplained death.It is believed Mr Skinner had children and was separated from his Exeter-based wife and family. He was last spotted in the Victoria Road area of Exmouth at around 6.15pm on Wednesday, January 9, two days before his body was found.It is understood Mr Skinner had been living in bed and breakfast accommodation, possibly near the seafront, since late 2007. Detective Sergeant Pete Jones, of Exmouth CID, said: "There are no grounds for any suspicion over the sad death of Mr Skinner, and the post mortem report confirms that view. However, enquiries are continuing, and we are appealing for anyone who may have seen Mr Skinner subsequent to Wednesday evening to come forward."The deceased, thought to be a self-employed accountant, was known to frequent various pubs in Exmouth town centre. His body was discovered wedged between rocks under the sea wall defences at Shelley Beach, opposite flat development Madison Wharf. Officers believe his body had washed up at the 8.20am high tide last Friday.Mr Skinner, who had tattoos on both hands, was found clothed in jeans, trainers and a zip-up top. He was last spotted in blue jeans, leather jacket and a yellow Liverpool football strip.Police found no suspicious evidence at the beach, where fire crews assisted officers to remove the body. Coastguards trawled the area to ascertain whether Mr Skinner could have fallen from a boat, but found nothing.

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