Mr Lytton's body was found on the track near Dove Stone Reservoir. Photo: Ian Roberts CC-BY-SA-2.0

Mr Lytton's body was found on the track near Dove Stone Reservoir. Photo: Ian Roberts CC-BY-SA-2.0

The identity of the body found on a remote Peak District track has been revealed.

Police launched a worldwide quest to find out who the mystery man was after the discovery.

The body was found on the Chew Road track near Dove Stone Reservoir in the West of the national park more than a year ago.

At a brief hearing at Heywood coroner’s court, the man’s identity was revealed as 67-year-old David Lytton.

His identity was confirmed using DNA evidence.

The image of Mr Lytton at Ealing Broadway

The image of Mr Lytton at Ealing Broadway

In December 2015, Greater Manchester Police released CCTV images of Mr Lytton at Ealing Broadway tube station in London taken the day before his body was found. There was no identification on the body, but return rail tickets were found on for a return trip from Euston to Manchester Piccadilly.

The man discovered on the track on Saddleworth Moor wore a brown heavy jacket, blue jumper, white long sleeve shirt, blue corduroy trousers and black slip-on shoes.

Police said there were no apparent injuries or marks on the body and they did not believe the death was suspicious.

The man had spoken to the landlord of the Clarence pub in Greenfield at 2pm on 11 December 2015. He asked how to get to the top of Wimberry Stones, commonly known as Indian’s Head, above the reservoir and was warned about the severity of the weather at the time.

He was seen heading out on to the hills about 4.30pm. A passing cyclist found his body on the track, which leads from Chew Reservoir to Dove Stone Reservoir, the next day. As well as the train and tube tickets, Mr Lytton had £130 cash on him.

A CCTV image of Mr Lytton at Piccadilly Station

A CCTV image of Mr Lytton at Piccadilly Station

Detective Sergeant John Coleman said: “The area where the man was found is extremely remote and is used by walkers, engineers and rangers for the park.”

Police subsequently released CCTV images of Mr Lytton arriving at Piccadilly station in central Manchester.

Passenger records checked by detectives for a flight from Lahore, Pakistan, to Heathrow, two days before the discovery of the body, matched Mr Lytton’s details.

His family has been informed and a full inquest will take place in March.

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