Man who lived in campervan found dead in Devon river

A 58-year-old man living in a motorhome was found dead in the water in Totnes by a passerby, an inquest has heard. Steven Wyse was born in Ireland but lived “in (a) motorhome”, senior coroner Ian Arrow told the hearing at Plymouth Coroner’s Court.

Police were called to the Longmarsh area of ​​Totnes around 9am on December 22 after receiving a 999 call from a person claiming a body had been seen in the water, which is at the mouth of the River Dart . The man was later identified as Steven and found that he had “sadly passed away,” the hearing heard.

The inquest revealed that Steven had died at 10:35am at Longmarsh Steamer Quay and was single and unemployed at the time.

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At the brief hearing, Mr Arrow took up the circumstances of Steven’s death, explaining in the opening statement – released after the hearing – that “a member of the public reported seeing a man in the water at the Steamer Quay in Totnes and were concerned for his well-being. They approached the man who was later identified as Steven and found that he had sadly passed away”.

Mr Arrow confirmed that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Steven’s death and the medical cause of death was given as water immersion. The hearing was adjourned for a full judicial inquiry to be held at a later date.


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