POLICE are renewing their appeal for information following the death of a man who was found in a wooded area.

Gary Dean 48, was found with significant injuries in a wooded area behind Moorend Lane, Silkstone Common, close to the Trans Pennine Trail, at around 5.40pm on last Thursday.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Whittaker, in charge of the investigation, said: “Today marks one week since Mr Dean was killed and our enquiries into the circumstances surrounding his death continue.

“We know that Gary left his home address on Moorend Lane on Thursday morning at around 7am, but sadly, he didn’t return home.

“While Gary was a keen runner and cyclist, and often cycled and ran around Silkstone Common and along the Trans Pennine Trail, on the day of his death we don’t believe he was out for a run, or out on his bike, due to the clothing he was wearing.

"He is described as wearing trainers, beige coloured cargo shorts with large pockets on the side and a bright red running top, that had a top half of red and a bottom half of black

“It’s vital that we speak to anyone who was in the area so we can piece together Gary’s movements between just before 7am last Thursday morning and 5.40pm when he was found in the woods, next to the small tunnel under the Trans Pennine Way.”

A forensic post-mortem examination concluded that he died as a result of injuries sustained from a significant assault.

A 40-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder and a 76-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender both remain on bail as enquiries continue.

If you have any information you can call the dedicated incident room and speak to detectives directly on 01709 443544.

You can also call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Please quote incident number 628 of September 6.