South Yorkshire police enquiry into body found in morgue - 12 years after family thought they’d buried him

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A SOUTH Yorkshire Police inquiry investigating how the body of a man was found in a Hull mortuary - 12 years after his family thought they had buried him, is nearing its conclusion.

Detectives investigating the mix up said they were still waiting to question witnesses over the Christopher Alder case.

Mr Alder, aged 37, died in police custody in Hull, in 1998.

Last November his body was found in a Hull mortuary, meaning that his family had unwittingly buried someone else.

Grace Kamara, 77, had been mistakenly buried in his grave and her body was exhumed earlier this year.

Both have since been reburied.

Det Supt Richard Fewkes, of South Yorkshire Police said: “From the outset, it was believed this would be a complex and lengthy investigation and this has very much proved to be the case.

“Whilst the enquiry is nearing its end, officers are waiting for approval from international authorities to interview a number of people they believe may be able to assist the investigation, which is causing a slight, but not unexpected delay.

“Once these enquiries have been completed, the investigation will enter its final stage and detectives will be in a position to formally approach the Crown Prosecution Service for advice which is required in cases of this nature.”

Mr Alder, a former paratrooper, choked to death at Hull’s Queen’s Gardens police station after being arrested in 1998.