POLICE have named a man who was found dead in Durham City as Peter Thomas Maine from Wynyard.
Mr Maine, 56, a dad-of-two, was found with stab wounds on a path opposite the running track at Maiden Castle Sports Centre, in Durham, just before 8am on Sunday.
His devastated family described Mr Maine as a “loving husband” and “devoted father” adding: “Words at this time cannot express how we, his family, are feeling.”
Specialist investigation teams are still continuing to comb the area and carrying out extensive searches of the river and its banks.
Police and Mr Maine’s family are now appealing to anyone who may have been in the area between Old Elvet and Maiden Castle between 7.15am and 8.15am on Sunday.
Mr Maine was wearing blue tracksuit bottoms, trainers and a short-sleeved black running top.
He parked his black Range Rover Discovery in Old Elvet just before 7.30am.
Detective inspector Lyn Peart, who is co-ordinating the investigation, said: “We would especially like to hear from any rowers, dog walkers, cyclists and runners who use this area frequently.
“We are treating Mr Maine’s death as suspicious, however it does remain unexplained and we would appeal to the public for assistance.”
A statement from Mr Maine’s family read: “Peter was a loving husband to Joanna, a devoted father to Lucy and Jessica and a much loved son of George and brother to Helen.
“Words at this time cannot express how we, his family, are feeling.
“We would ask that anyone with information regarding what happened to Peter to please contact Durham Constabulary.
“This is a very difficult time for us, his loving family, and we request that we are afforded privacy in order to try and come to terms with our very sad loss.”
Anyone with any information regarding Mr Maine’s death is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.