POLICE would like to speak to anybody who was in the vicinity of a Hereford riverside path when a man died.

Christopher Cooper, 69, was found in the River Wye last weekend and his death is currently being treated as unexplained.

His last movements have been identified as leaving the Black Lion pub shortly before 11pm on Friday (June 17), before making his way onto the river path from St Martin’s Street towards Hunderton Bridge.


A police statement said: "We would like to hear from anyone who may have been on, or in the vicinity of the river path running between St Martin’s Street and Hunderton Bridge, between 10pm and midnight last Friday.

"We are particularly keen to hear from a cyclist who we believe was using the footpath between these times.

"We would also like to hear from anyone with dash-cam or mobile phone camera footage who may have been driving or riding through the Bridge Street/St Martin’s Street area during these times."

Mr Cooper is believed to have been wearing a navy jumper, black jeans, black trainers and a baseball cap.

He is described as 5’10” - 6’0” tall, of slim build, with short brown but greying hair.

Police officers were in the area last night (Friday) continuing their enquiries.

"We’d like to thank everyone who has assisted with the enquiry to date and for your patience while the area by the river was cordoned off from public use," added police.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends who are being supported by specially trained officers at this difficult time."

Anybody with any information should call 101 quoting incident number 00220 of 18 June 2022.