Missing Man was found dead in a pond

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A RETIRED teacher who was battling cancer was found dead in a pond after he went missing from home and sparked a police search.

Chesterfield coroner’s court heard, on Monday, how well-loved Roy Barnes, 79, of Burns Drive, Dronfield, had been suffering with prostate cancer when he went for a walk and disappeared for four days before he was found by walkers at Lees Common, off Barlow Lees Lane, Barlow.

His wife Sandra said: “I had to go out for an hour but when I got back I discovered Roy wasn’t in the house.”

The popular grandparent went missing on March 21 and his body was found on March 25. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances and a post mortem report stated Mr Barnes had died due to immersion. Dep north Derbyshire coroner Nigel Anderson recorded an open verdict after explaining there was no evidence pointing to suicide and not enough to indicate an accident.