A MAN was found dead in the River Wear two hours after leaving the hostel where he lived.
Peter Mark Ellerington had been staying in accommodation in Durham Road, Chester-le-Street, and was last seen at 11.15am on Wednesday.
His body was spotted floating in shallow water at the north end of the town’s Riverside Park that afternoon.
Police have said a post-mortem examination to establish how the 45-year-old died would be carried out and a file prepared for the coroner.
While there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, officers say they want to build up a picture of what happened to him after he left his room and when he was found.
A force spokesman said: “Police are keen to establish his movements from the time he left the hostel on Wednesday and are appealing for anyone who might have seen a man matching his description in the morning or lunchtime in and around the Riverside area.”
He was found wearing a brown jacket, yellow T-shirt and dark tracksuit bottoms.
Mr Ellerington was spotted in the water by a walker in the park at 1.45pm.
Inspector Ian Sturrock, from Durham police, said there were no injuries to suggest Mr Etherington was attacked or that a third party was involved.
It is thought that Mr Ellerington, who was known by his first name, may have entered the water further upstream before his body was discovered close to Chester-le-Street Golf Club. Anyone with information about the incident, is asked to contact detectives at Chester le Street CID by calling the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.