Sunderland's coroner's office renews appeals to trace family of two men

Sunderland’s coroner’s office has issued two fresh appeals in the hope people can help the team trace the families of two Wearside men.

Friday, 3rd January 2020, 1:05 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd January 2020, 7:30 pm
Sunderland's Coroner's Court is appealing for help to trace the families of Keith Emmerson and Paul Cooper.

Despite earlier pleas for help, the officers based at Sunderland Civic Centre are still without leads to help them contact the relations of the men, who both died last month.

The most recent to pass away was Keith Emmerson who had been a resident of Barnes Court Care Home in Wycliffe Road, High Barnes, since January 2016.

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Coroner’s officer Neville Dixon believes the widower had a brother, sister and two children and has urged anyone who knows them to get in touch.

Mr Cooper was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment on Saturday, November 30, following his collapse in St Michael's Way in the city centre.

The 57-year-old, who lived in Leamington Street in the Millfield area of Sunderland, died on Thursday, December 12.

It is believed Mr Cooper was unemployed at the time of his death and may have had a brother called Maurice.

Any members of either family or one anyone who can pass on information which can help trace them are asked to get in contact with Mr Dixon as he handles inquiries into both deaths.

He can be called on (0191) 561 7842 or emailed via [email protected].