Appeal after dog walker finds body

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A MAN has been found dead in a burn by a member of the public walking their dog.

The body was discovered near Holmes Court in Broxburn, West Lothian, early yesterday morning.

A team of police officers has been deployed to discover the identity of the man, who was found at about 9am, as well as to establish the circumstances leading up to his death.

The man was white, 
middle-aged, with short balding hair. He was wearing a tan brown jacket, 
royal blue T-shirt, jeans and distinctive grey over-the-ankle boots with buckles on them. He was also wearing a gold chain.

Officers were conducting door-to-door inquiries at properties in the surrounding areas yesterday and trawling CCTV to try to trace the man’s route.

Detective Inspector Stuart Houston, from Lothian and Borders Police, said: “We are keen to discover this man’s identity as soon as possible. I would appeal to anyone who may recognise the description of the man, or who thinks they saw someone of his description in the Broxburn area last night, to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

“Similarly, I would ask that anyone who might have been in the Holmes Court or Holmes Park area and may have heard a disturbance some time between Friday evening and the body being discovered on Saturday to let us know.

“There may well be a family missing a son, 
brother or partner who are worried sick and, with Christmas approaching, we want to find this man’s next of kin as soon as we can.”