Inquest opens for tragic dad

Darren Waller
Darren Waller
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A HEARING to discover the circumstances surrounding the death of Darren Waller has been opened.

Mr Waller, 36, was found on land close to a community centre on Hartlepool’s Central Estate last Wednesday night.

The dad-of-three had been missing for more than four months after last being seen on January 9, sparking a huge police search.

An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned yesterday at Hartlepool Coroner’s Court.

Mr Waller’s devastated ex-wife, Lisa Gleaves, and eldest daughter, 16-year-old Kayleigh Waller, attended the brief hearing.

Detective Superintendent Gordon Lang, who led the investigation, was also there.

A post mortem examination proved inconclusive into how Mr Waller died. But Det Supt Lang said there were no suspicious circumstances and they were not looking for anyone else over his death.

Mr Waller, an out-of-work mechanic, was found by a dog walker on land off Ainderby Walk, Hartlepool, last Wednesday night.

Coroner Malcolm Donnelly adjourned the inquest until the results of the post mortem examination and police investigation are known.

Floral tributes have been left at the spot where Mr Waller, of Alma Street, Hartlepool, was found, behind the Phoenix Centre.

It is believed he may have visited his mother at the nearby West View Lodge care home just before he died.

Mr Waller’s funeral will take place this Friday, May 27 at Stranton Grange Crematorium, at 12.20pm.