Inquest into body found on Southsea beach returns open verdict

Aaron Fiveash
Aaron Fiveash
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AN INQUEST into the death of man who was found washed up on a beach recorded an open verdict.

Aaron Fiveash went missing on January 6, resulting in a land and sea search near his parents’ home in Bournemouth. His body washed up on Southsea beach on January 29 after being found by a dog walker.

At the inquest, it was revealed that the 36-year-old had been displaying signs of paranoia leading up to his disappearance.

His adoptive father, Dennis Fiveash described Aaron as ‘happy’ in the hearing but said he had become agitated in the days before his disappearance.

The inquest heard in a report by pathologist Dr Basil Purdue that Aaron’s body had been in the water for the full three weeks and no anatomical cause of death could be determined.

The deputy coroner for Bournemouth Brendan Allen said: ‘I am not able to record a verdict of suicide as too much is unknown as to what happened to Aaron. I do not know what his intention was when he left the house.’