Mr Lancaster rang North Yorkshire Police before his body was found at the foot of Malham Cove

Mr Lancaster rang North Yorkshire Police before his body was found at the foot of Malham Cove

Police have named the man whose body was found at the foot of an 80m Yorkshire Dales crag.

Roy Lancaster, 54, contacted North Yorkshire Police before his body was discovered in the early hours of Friday at Malham Cove.

The body of Mr Lancaster’s wife Suzanne Louise Lancaster, 67, was found at the couple’s home in Talbot Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, and West Yorkshire Police began a murder investigation.

Mrs Lancaster was a part-time Church of England priest at St Edmund’s Parish Church, Leeds.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson of West Yorkshire Police said: “We have been in contact with the couple’s family and our enquiries are ongoing.

“As we said earlier, we are not looking for anyone in connection with this incident.”

The Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation was called out to recover Mr Lancaster’s body from the foot of the cove.

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