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Robert Alton’s skeletal remain found six year after bookkeeper went missing

A retired bookkeeper is believed to have lain dead in his flat for six years and was only found when housing officials forced entry to carry out a gas test.

Robert Alton is thought to have died aged 70 in May 2017 but his ‘skeletal’ remains were not discovered until this year, an inquest heard today.

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A court order to enter Mr Alton’s address in Bolton, Greater Manchester, was obtained by landlord Bolton at Home for the visit on March 9. Officials forced entry and used an angle grinder to cut a security chain.

 

Inside was post piled 50cm high. Mr Alton’s body was found at the top of the stairs to his first-floor flat, in jeans and a grey jumper, and police were called.

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Det Sgt Dominic Beaver, of Greater Manchester Police, said neighbours had seen nobody at the flat for at least five years.

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