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 Body found in Peterlee believed to be missing man, Gordon Marriott


​Police believe a body found in woodland last week is that of missing man, Gordon Marriott.

The body was discovered close to the cricket pavilion in Peterlee Dene, Peterlee, last Friday afternoon (May 29) by two members of the public.

DNA testing is being carried out to confirm the identity of the body, but officers believe it to be that of 51-year-old Mr Marriott, who went missing from his Horden home in January this year.

Police are currently treating the death as suspicious and officers remain at the scene. 

Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Green, who is leading the investigation, said: “The police activity has continued in the area all week while we work to establish the circumstances which led up to the body being found.

“Nobody deserves to die in such sad circumstances, so I would appeal for anyone who knows something that may help our investigation to come forward.

“While Mr Marriott may have lived a chaotic lifestyle, he has a family who care for him and need to understand what has happened to him. This will help them bring to a close the last six months of worry and concern.”

Police are asking for anyone with any information about Mr Marriott’s disappearance or how he came to be in Peterlee Dene to come forward and contact Durham Constabulary on 101.

Alternatively, information can be passed on to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or reported online at