The mystery identity of a man whose body was found in Saddleworth Moor has been established.
David Lytton, 67, was found dead at the moor at Dove Stone Reservoir on 12 December 2015. In order to discover his identity, an international investigation was launched. As a result, his mysterious death gained worldwide attention.
A court heard that Lytton flew into London Heathrow from Lahore, Pakistan. He took this flight two days before his body was found. He was identified in photos from a passenger list and was found on CCTV footage in London.
It is believed that Lytton travelled by train to Manchester Piccadilly and then travelled by taxi to the reservoir. Police are yet to identify a driver or company.
Police believe Lytton took his own life. Mr Lytton was discovered fully clothed and lying prone on the ground, above the reservoir in Greater Manchester.
Lytton was from London but had lived in Pakistan for 10 years. He was found without a wallet, mobile phone or any other identification.
Mr Lytton remained unidentified despite numerous public appeals and the release of CCTV footage.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) say that Lytton’s identify was discovered when DNA confirmed a match with a relative. Mr Lytton’s family have now been informed.
Police said a “provisional” cause of death had been established as “strychnine poisoning”. This poisonous toxin is now used as a pesticide, often used to kill rats.
Strychnine is regulated in the UK but is “widely used” in Pakistan, detectives said. The mystery still remains of why Mr Lytton travelled 200 miles to die on Saddleworth Moor.
Police say that Mr Lytton was “a bit of a loner” and “liked his own company”. Detective Sergeant Coleman said the investigation was “unlike anything” he has “ever known”.
A full inquest into the death will take place on 14 March 2017.