Missing man’s body was found five months after he disappeared, inquest hears.

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The body of a missing research scientist was found in Woodland near Mildenhall five months after his disappearance, an inquest has heard.

A dog walker found the remains of Simon Collins in Icklingham Woods on March 12.

Mr Collins, 55, of Queens Drive, Mildenhall, had gone missing on October 27 last year but had not been officially reported missing until February 15, said Deputy

Suffolk Coroner Yvonne Blake.

The inquest today at Bury St Edmunds heard that Mr Collins had lost his job in Australia.

When police were alerted about his disappearance a search was conducted as well as checks to see if his email and bank accounts had been accessed.

Door to door enquiries were also conducted.

In a statement, Nicholas Brown said he had been walking in woodland between the A1101 and A11 on March 12 when he realised his tobacco was missing.

Mr Brown said he started to retrace his steps in case it had been dropped and it was then that he came upon the body.

Deputy Coroner Mrs Blake said that because of the condition of the remains, identification had to be confirmed as those of Mr Collins through a DNA test.

A post mortem examination had been conducted but it had not been possible to establish a cause of death.

Recording an open conclusion, Mrs Blake said: “We don’t know how Mr Collins came to be there or how he died.”