TWO people who were arrested in connection to the death of a man who was found in a wooded area have been bailed.

The 40-year-old man and a 76-year-old woman arrested in connection with the death of Gary Dean in Barnsley last week have been released on bail while enquiries continue.

Detectives arrested the 40-year-old man on suspicion of murder, and the 76-year-old woman on suspicion of assisting an offender, at the weekend.

Mr Dean, 48, was found at around 5.40pm on Thursday 6 September, with significant injuries in a wooded area behind Moorend Lane, close to the Trans Pennine Trail. A forensic post mortem examination has now been carried out, which concluded that the cause of death was injuries resulting from a significant assault.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Whittaker said: “We know that when Mr Dean was last seen by loved ones on Thursday morning, he was wearing trainers and a bright red running top. I’m keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Mr Dean on Thursday.

“The post mortem has revealed that Mr Dean was subjected to a violent and significant attack, so we need to hear from anyone who can help us piece together his movements that Thursday.

“Did you see him in the Trans Pennine Trail area, or in this woodland near Moorend Lane? Did you see him anywhere else on Thursday?

“If you hold any information at all that could help us understand what happened to Mr Dean, please get in touch.

If you have any information contact the police on 101 quoting incident number 628 of September 6. If you would rather provide information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.