Devon man who suffered severe headaches found dead under viaduct

An inquest has named a man who was found under Tavistock viaduct earlier this month as Martin Loats. The short public hearing, held by area coroner Alison Longhorn at Devon Coroner's Court in Exeter on June 12, stated that 69-year-old Martin was born in Germany and lived at a property in Mary Tavy.

At the time of his death on June 5 he was married and a retired area development manager by occupation. Ms Longhorn gave a summary of the circumstances surrounding Martin's death, explaining that he had a long history of severe headaches which impacted on the quality of his life.

She said that multiple tests and investigations had failed to find the cause of these headaches. Tragically, on the morning of June 5, he left his home address and around half an hour later his wife discovered a note which she found concerning.


As a result of her concerns she contacted police at around 7.30am and they raised a concern for welfare report, which initiated searches of the local area. However a short while later, shortly after 8.30am that same day, a lorry driver alerted police of an unresponsive male lying in a car park below Tavistock viaduct.

Ms Longhorn stated that there were no suspicious circumstances and on the present evidence the medical cause of death was given as multiple injuries.

The hearing was adjourned and a full inquest examining all the circumstances of Martin's death will be held at a public inquest at a later date.