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Mysterious body found on Casares beach in October was Briton missing in Coín floods

Flood damage by the bridge last October.
Flood damage by the bridge last October. / SUR
  • DNA results released on Thursday revealed it was the missing 74-year-old

The Guardia Civil made public on Thursday that DNA tests on a body washed ashore on a Casares beach confirmed it was that of 74-year-old Briton, Roger Hanks.

Hanks went missing in heavy rain in the Coín area of the Guadalhorce valley in early October last year when the makeshift home he lived in under a bridge was swept away. At the time a large search was launched but no more was seen or heard of the Briton.

On 23 October a body was found in an advanced state of decomposition on Playa Ancha, Casares, some ninety kilometres west of where rivers passing though inland Coín flow into the sea. Now investigators have said they managed to match Hanks's DNA to a family member.

Hanks lived under the so-called Toblerone bridge next to the Pereila river, some four kilometres from the centre of Coín. The house was just 50 metres from the course of the river which rose rapidly as up to 200mm of rain fell in a few hours in the local area.

Hanks had no family locally and groups of volunteers scoured the area at the time. The news will come as sad news in the expat community in Coín, where he was well known.