Thorne Moor skeleton identified after seven month probe

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The remains of a man who is believed to have died on Thorne Moors more than a decade ago have been positively identified this week after extensive police enquiries.

A skeleton discovered on the moor in Spring of this year has been named by South Yorkshire Police as that of Russell Gordon Denton, who would have been 55 earlier this year.

Experts used dental records and DNA samples to establish whose remains had been found at the beginning of May.

The remains, discovered by a man walking his dog on the peatland, were partly hidden under a fleece.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “It is thought that Mr Denton died in 2001. His death is not being treated as suspicious and the case has been passed to the Doncaster Coroner.”

Mr Denton is understood to have lived in the Thorne area but it is not known when or if he was reported missing.

His family have been made fully aware of the identification but have declined to make any comment.