The family of a man whose body was found on Perranporth Beach have said they are “desperate for answers” about his death.

Alan Eric Jeal, 64, was finally named yesterday after almost a week of inquiries by police over the identity of the body.

It was not until they released an artist’s impression that two callers, including family members, rang police to give Alan’s name.

The family said today: “Alan was a mild-mannered, gentle man who was very interested in minerals, mining and surfing.

“We are shocked and deeply saddened that Alan's life has been cut short and are desperate for answers as to what happened.

“We appeal for anyone with information about Alan’s life and last movements to contact police.”

The investigation is now focusing on Alan’s movements on the days before his body was found.

A CCTV image has been released showing the last known sighting of Alan on Monday 24 February, shortly after midday, in Wadebridge town centre.

DCI Dave Thorne, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “Firstly, our thoughts are with Alan’s family and friends at this upsetting time and we will do everything we can to support them.

“Now that we know his identity, we can progress with the investigation and try to find out exactly what happened to him.

“He was last seen on Monday 24 February, the day before his body was discovered, and I would welcome information from anyone who knew Alan, or who saw him in the days leading up to his death.”

Alan lived alone and was not reported missing to police.

Anyone with information that could assist with the investigation is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 381 of 1 March. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111