Mystery Dovestones Body Identified
Thursday 26th January 2017 @ 12:38 by Lee Wild
Mossley & Saddleworth News

The body of a man found dead at Dovestones Reservoir in December 2015 has finally been identified.

Senior Coroner for Oldham Mr Simon Nelson confirmed today that the identity of the man is David Lytton, 67, from London.

CCTV footage of David Lytton

The revelation comes after a year of in-depth inquiries by GMP, which included media appeals in the UK and Pakistan. Greater Manchester Police also received help from the National Crime Agency in investigating the mystery death.

Mr Lytton was found lying dead by a cyclist near the top of Dovestones Reservoir on 12 December 2015.

Unusually, he was fully clothed and carrying no wallet, mobile phone or other forms of identification.

His final movements were traced by detectives who discovered he had travelled by train from London to Manchester the day before his death.

From there he went to the Clarence pub in Saddleworth and asked the landlord how to get to “the top of the mountain.”

Police made enquiries in Pakistan after discovering he had a 10 cm metal plate fitted in his left leg sometime between 2001 and 2015, which indicated the operation had taken place in that country.

It is still not known why or how Mr Lytton died, however more should be known after the full inquest due to take place at Heywood Coroners Court on 14 March 2017.

Dovestones Reservoir