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Inquest opens into death of Darlington man, Alan Youngson
11:52am Friday 1st November 2013 in News
AN inquest into the death of a man whose body was found in woodland nearly two months after he went missing was opened and adjourned today (Friday, November 1).
The body of 25-year-old Alan Youngson, of Darlington, was found in a shallow grave in woodland near Jedburgh Drive, close to the A1(M) in the Branksome area of the town.
The discovery was made by a member of the public on the evening of Monday, October 7. He had been missing since August 15.
County Durham coroner Andrew Tweddle opened an inquest into Mr Youngson’s death at a short hearing today at Crook Coroner’s Court and adjourned the inquest to allow for further police enquiries.
A post-mortem examination revealed he died from head injuries.
Mr Tweddle said that at the time of the post-mortem examination, it was not possible for the body to be formally identified, but it was believed to be the body of Mr Youngson.
He told the court a report by a dentist to identify the body was inconclusive, and DNA testing was used to formally identify the body to be that of Mr Youngson.
Mr Tweddle released the body and a review date was set for January 21 next year.
Mr Youngson’s family did not attend the hearing.
Daniel Dodsworth, 28, of Branksome Green, Darlington, appeared at Teesside Crown Court last month charged with the murder of Mr Youngson.
He was remanded in custody ahead of his next appearance on Friday, December 20.