Body of missing pensioner was found naked on the beach, inquest hears

An inquest into the death of David Newby heard that he may have got lost on the coast and ended up in the sea
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A pensioner may have become lost or disorientated as he tried to walk home along a treacherous part of the coastline during a 'horrifically very wet night', an inquest heard. The naked body of 72-year-old David Newby was found washed up at Polurrian cove beach near Mullion on the Lizard Peninsula last November, four days after his family reported him missing.

An inquest into his death, held in Truro yesterday (Tuesday, July 2), heard how Mr Newby's damaged car had earlier been found abandoned at Mullion and he had not been seen for over a week. The retired merchant seaman was described by his sister Lynette Newby as a free spirit who led a simple life and had built his own basic home near Rosudgeon.

She said her brother liked walking along the coast path but may have fallen during a 'horrific and very wet night'. She told the hearing he never went swimming - only paddling - and had gone into the sea in June but said it was 'too cold'.

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Following the discovery of his body last November, Mr Newby's family paid tribute to him. The inquest heard that the medical cause of his death could not be ascertained but Mr Newby, from Penzance, had not fallen from height and had been in the sea for 'several days'.

Assistant coroner for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Emma Hillson recorded an open conclusion. she said: "David may have tried to walk home in the dark and become lost and disorientated and ended up in the water."