[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Sunday, 7 March, 2004, 17:05 GMT
Inquiry closed over mystery death
An investigation into the unexplained death of a 32-year-old man 15 months ago has been called to a halt by detectives.

Despite extensive inquiries police have failed to establish whether the killing of Shaun James was an accident.

Police say Mr James, of Cinderford, was probably hit by a car but suspect the incident may not have happened at the spot where he was found.

His family and friends are setting up a website to encourage new evidence.

Multiple injuries

Mr James was last seen talking to friends in Valley Road, Cinderford, just before 1900 GMT on Sunday 15 December 2002.

Minutes later his body with multiple injuries was discovered almost a mile away at Steam Mills.

At the time Gloucestershire Police offered a 5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Mr James' partner, Lisa McStraw, together with his former wife, Stephanie James, are now determined not to give up the search for a solution to the mystery.

They feel police have not done enough and are making a fresh appeal for witnesses to come forward via the website, which has not gone live yet.

Police have said they will reopen the case if any further evidence emerges.

Reward offered on 'unexplained' death
09 Dec 03  |  Gloucestershire
CCTV hope over man's mystery death
13 May 03  |  Gloucestershire
Man dies in hit and run
16 Dec 02  |  England

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific