Police no closer to solving mystery death of solicitor

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THE detective leading the investigation into the unexplained death of former solicitor Peter Maine has stressed police inquiries remain very much ongoing, three months after he was found dying on a footpath.

Mr Maine, 56, was found on a riverside footpath in Durham, opposite the running track at Maiden Castle sports centre, just after 8am on Sunday, September 1.

He had three wounds to his chest and was confirmed dead shortly after being taken to the University Hospital of North Durham.

The father-of-two, who lived in Wynyard village, near Stockton, had been one of a number of people arrested by police as part of a long-running investigation into alleged mortgage fraud across the region.

In October, a total of 14 people appeared before magistrates in Darlington charged in connection with this investigation and they are currently on bail from the court.

Det Chief Insp Steve Chapman said today he was continuing to keep an open mind on how Mr Maine died, and he could not rule out any plausible explanation for how the victim came to receive his injuries.

“This remains very much an active investigation into how and why Peter Maine died. No conclusions have been reached and I remain focused on all reasonable scenarios.

“From day one we have always acknowledged the possibility Peter’s wounds may have been self-inflicted, and that remains the case. However, there are other equally plausible lines of inquiry, which include third party involvement.”