Walker finds man’s body in hedge 17 days after being reported missing

The hedgerow where the body was found at Thorpe Meadows. Photo: David Lowndes
The hedgerow where the body was found at Thorpe Meadows. Photo: David Lowndes
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The body of a man was found in hedge in a Peterborough field more than two weeks after he was reported missing.

The grim discovery of the badly decomposed body was made by a nearby resident who was out walking his dog.

Police have since named the deceased man as Armands Koja, who was aged 33.

He was discovered at 9.25am on 18 December in Thorpe Meadows.

A police spokeswoman said he had been reported missing to the police 17 days earlier.

The dog-walker found him dead with evidence of a self-inflicted act.

An inquest into his death has been opened and the cause of death has been given as hanging.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and are not carrying out an investigation.

Mr Koja, from Beech Avenue in central Peterborough, leaves behind a partner and a son.

Although the police were told on 1 December that Mr Koja had gone missing, it is not known how long he had disappeared for before his absence was reported.

The inquest by the coroner was opened on 23 December and adjourned to 10 February.