Investigation opens into death of engineer, 20, found at Derbyshire reservoir

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An inquest has opened into the death of a 20-year-old man whose body was found in a Derbyshire reservoir in May. The hearing was told that it was his stepmother who formally identified him as Izaak Benjamin Pollard. The Ripley man had been missing for a number of days prior to his body being found in Butterley Reservoir on May 3.

A post-mortem examination of his body revealed that Mr Pollard died as a result of a lack of oxygen being delivered to his tissues in the blood, which was due to drowning in the reservoir and “alcohol toxicity”.

Mr Pollard had been reported to Derbyshire police as a missing person on Friday, April 29, having not been seen since leaving his home. Several appeals were made over the Bank Holiday weekend in an attempt to try to find him.

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His family, including his stepmother, searched for him in Ripley, Belper, Cromford and Matlock but, sadly, they couldn’t find him.

The inquest, held at Chesterfield Coroner’s Court, heard that Mr Pollard, who was born in Matlock on July 16, 2001, was a fire and security engineer and was single. He lived on Butterley Lane in Ripley.

Assistant Coroner Susan Evans formally opened and adjourned the inquest on Wednesday, August 24, adding that the court was still awaiting a police report into the incident. Miss Evans set a review date of November 23, 2022, and expressed her condolences to Mr Pollard’s family.

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