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Channel Four documentary will attempt to unravel Moors suicide mystery.
Tuesday 14th March 2017 @ 14:31 by Nigel P.
Mossley & Saddleworth News Stalybridge

CCTV footage of David Lytton as he made his journey from West London to Manchester Piccadilly Station


The”Mystery of the man on moor” the investigation into the apparent suicide of an elderly man at Indian Head, above Dovestones reservoir, will be the subject of a Channel Four documentary on Wednesday Evening, March 15th.

The hour long programme produced by Leeds Based production company, True North, will seek to shed light on the unusual life and even stranger death of David Lytton who was found dead on the moor in 2015.

The programme makers claim to have had unique access to Greater Manchester Police’s Detective Sergeant, John Coleman, as he worked on the longest-running unsolved case of his 19 year career.

67-year-old David Lytton’s body was discovered by a cyclist on the 12th of December, a toxicology examination revealed he had died from strychnine poison which he had in his possession, with instructions in both English and Urdu on the bottle.

This fact and and further medical evidence suggested the man may have come from Pakistan -But why make the journey from  there to London and then Greenfield via Manchester by rail with a seeming mission like zeal?

He was identified on CCTV on his 200 mile journey North, only stopping to browse in a couple railway station shops and finally ask for directions “to the mountains” at the Clarence pub  in Greenfield.

The man was eventually identified as David Lautenberg, who had later changed his name to David Lytton possibly following a family fall-out.

He was eventually identified conclusively as a result of a DNA comparison from a family member who came forward following numerous appeals.

Detective Sergeant Joe Coleman who led the enquiry said: “Possibly the biggest question still remains, which is why a man with no obvious connection to Saddleworth chose to head there after returning from Pakistan.”

Because of the area’s notorious connections to the Moors Murders and a 1949 plane crash, several theories emerged as to why Mr Lytton would  choose this spot, all of them examined and then discounted as groundless.

The documentary will see Detective Sergeant Coleman and his team try to piece together Lytton’s last known movements and handle dozens of potential inquiries from families looking for long-lost relatives.

Commissioning editor, Tom Porter said: “This film tells an extraordinary tale of mystery and intrigue through amazing long-term access. In a world where our every movement is seemingly tracked and monitored to the extreme, it’s almost unbelievable that someone can prove so hard to trace,” .

Will the programme finally reveal why Mr Lytton chose that particular spot to commit suicide?

We cannot say… those interested will have to watch the documentary at 10.00pm on Wedensday evening.

A full inquest is scheduled to begin at Heywood Coroner’s Court at two o’clock today 14/3/17.