MYSTERY still surrounds the death of a 23-year-old whose body was found by the River Wear.
Daniel Moir, 23, had a history of drinking and taking legal drugs, an inquest into his death was told yesterday.
Tests revealed a legal high in his blood, though pathologist Dr Matthew Theodosiou could not say what had killed him.
Mr Moir disappeared from the family home in Washington at 8.30pm on October 22, telling his family he was going for a “fast walk”.
When he failed to return, his worried parents reported him missing.
Despite an extensive police search, no trace of Mr Moir was found, until his body was discovered in November.
A fisherman called police at 7.30am to say there was a man lying on a mud bank close to Sunderland Fish Quay.
Search expert Pc Kevin Lowes, from Northumbria Police, told the hearing in Sunderland that Mr Moir had used his computer to research ways to harm himself.
He had also threatened to throw himself off a viaduct and had received treatment for mental health problems, including hearing voices.
Recording an open conclusion, coroner Derek Winter said it was impossible to say how Mr Moir had died.
He added: “There is no direct evidence to say how he came to be in the river.
“It is impossible to say whether he fell, he jumped, he slipped or he was pushed.
“There is no direct evidence to say where he went into the river.”
Speaking after his death, Mr Moir’s family said: “We want to thank our family, friends and neighbours for their love and support.
“We also wish to thank Northumbria Police for their commitment and efforts in trying to find Daniel and the help and support of police officers.”
l Verdict: Open.