Appeal after man was found dead in Bognor park

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POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a man was found dead in a Bognor Regis park.

Officers were called at 9.20am last Friday (January 17) after a dog walker found the body of 45-year-old Jonathan Gay in Hothampton Gardens.

Mr Gay was confirmed to be dead by paramedics. The death is currently being treated as unexplained but not suspicious and is being investigated.

Police believe Mr Gay, of Marlowe Close, Bognor Regis, may have been in the park for a several hours before he was found.

Detective Sergeant Jo French said: “Although we are not treating Mr Gay’s death as suspicious we are eager to establish his movements before his body being found.

“We would like to speak to anyone that was in Hothampton Gardens on Friday or the days before that to find out if they saw Mr Gay so we can determine exactly what he has done and when before he died.”

Mr Gay, who is white, was wearing a brown leather jacket, black tracksuit bottoms, dark coloured shoes and carrying a dark coloured rucksack.

A black woollen hat was found close by which he may have been wearing before his death.

The West Sussex coroner and Mr Gay’s next of kin have been informed.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 404 of 17/1 or email