Deceased Cheltenham man’s body identified

The Cheltenham man that was found dead in the lake in Pittville Park has been identified as local man Dan Gwilim.

The 63 year-old man was reported missing around 9.50am on March 19th. Mr. Gwilim’s body was then found on the same day, but has now been identified after it was confirmed today by Gloucestershire county police.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said: “As a result of the inquiries into the missing man, a body was found in Pittville Lake in the park.”

The cause of death has been given as drowning after a post mortem was carried out.

The death is being treated as non-suspicious. The body was found early in the morning by members of the public walking through the park. They then proceeded to alert the emergency services about a body in the lake.

An operation then began on recovering the body from the lake. Firefighters were given the responsibility and were forced to don aquatic equipment and dry suits to recover the body of Mr. Gwilim.

The family of Mr. Gwilim were immediately informed of the death but now the identity has been confirmed the case remains to be treated as non-suspicious.

Since the identification the local people of Cheltenham have expressed their condolences to the family of the deceased.

Tributes have been paid across formats of social media, On Facebook Sarah Mitchell wrote: “So sad, thoughts go to his family and friends. RIP Danny, spread your wings.”

Val Mustoe added: “RIP Danny thoughts with family at this sad time x”.

The inquest is expected to be heard in about sixth months from now.

 

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