Body found on Lancashire beach is man from Northamptonshire

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A body found washed up on a beach near Blackpool is believed to be a man from Northamptonshire.

Former postal worker Michael Leahy, aged 53, was found by a dog walker at around 5.40pm on February 17 on the beach at Fleetwood, near Rossall.

His body was recovered with help from the coastguard and police carried out extensive enquiries to identify him.

Mr Leahy had been reported missing by his family to Northamptonshire Police on February 14.

He is believed to have come to Blackpool at the beginning of January 2014.

Mr Leahy is described as a very private man and he lived alone in London, where he worked for the post office before taking redundancy in 2012.

His mother and two brothers live in Northamptonshire, where he spent Christmas before he came to Blackpool.

Michael was not married and had no children. He has been described by his family as the ‘favourite uncle’.

Police are continuing to appeal for information from the public as it is still unclear where he has been staying over the past two months.

Det Insp Bev Foster, of Lancashire Police, said: “Following the circulation of an Evofit to other forces, Michael Leahy was identified by Northamptonshire Police. His family have now formally identified him and but we still need the public’s help to piece together his last movements and find out where he was staying.

“Michael left home with a suitcase of belongings so it is likely he may have been staying at a local B&B. I would appeal to people, particularly local hoteliers, to look at Michael’s photo and contact police if they have any guests matching his description who have not returned or left unexpectedly.

“If anyone had contact with Michael or knows where he was staying I would ask them to contact Fleetwood CID on 101.”

A post mortem examination was inconclusive and police are awaiting toxicology results to establish how Michael died. His death is not being treated as suspicious.