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Mystery as man found dead in woods in Chartham near Canterbury

Police have yet to identify a man found dead in woodland a week ago.

Officers were called at 2.30pm last Monday after a body was discovered in woods near Howfield Lane, a country road in Chartham, near Canterbury.

The man was found dead in woodland near Howfield Lane, Chartham. Pic: Google Street View
The man was found dead in woodland near Howfield Lane, Chartham. Pic: Google Street View

But a week later, mystery still surrounds his death.

Police remain uncertain as to the man's identity, and have been carrying out door-to-door enquiries in the area in an effort to find out who he is.

Staff at the nearby Howfield Manor hotel confirmed they have been visited by police.

A spokesman said: "A police officer did come by just to ask if anybody at the hotel did see or know this gentleman.

"But sadly he wasn't somebody we recognised, so unfortunately we had to send him on his way without much information. It is an odd story."

Shop on the Green owner Alan Mannings
Shop on the Green owner Alan Mannings

Alan Mannings, owner of The Shop on the Green in Chartham, said police also stopped by his store today with a photograph of the man.

He said: "We were asked this morning, 'do we know this guy?' But I've got no idea - I've never seen him before unfortunately."

A police spokesman said: "Enquiries are ongoing to establish the identity of man, whose death is not currently being treated as suspicious.

"A report is also being compiled for the coroner."

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