Police express ‘sincere sorrow’ after body of golf pro Peter Jackson is found in woods

Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson

A MISSING golfer has been found dead weeks after he vanished.

Police have confirmed a body found in a wooded area of Northumberland is that of missing Peter Jackson, who was the golf pro at Castle Eden Golf Club.

A dog walker found the body of the 38-year-old in woods in the Housesteads area of Northumberland.

The dad-of-two had not been seen since going missing on November 11 after he left at 8.20am that day to set off for work at the club.

But today Durham Police confirmed the body found was that of the Seaham man, after the dog walker made the discovery around 3.50pm on Sunday.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and the coroner has been informed.

Assistant Chief Constable Dave Orford, from Durham Police who is leading the inquiry, said: “Officers have been with Peter’s family since the moment he went missing and we would like to express our sincere sorrow now that we have confirmed he has been found.”

A region-wide search had been launched after Mr Jackson went missing three weeks ago.

His wife Alexis, a 36-year-old nanny, had issued a heartfelt plea for her husband to return, and police officers had become increasingly worried for his welfare, after friends and family said his disappearance was out of character.

The search had moved to Northumberland nine days after he vanished, when Mr Jackson’s Ford C-Max car was spotted parked at the car park in Cawfield quarry and picnic area, on Hadrian’s Wall, in the Haltwhistle area.

But almost three weeks after his initial disappearance the search came to a tragic end, with the dog walker making the discovery, just over five miles from where his car had earlier been found.

A spokesman at Castle Eden Golf Club said members were trying to come to terms with the tragedy and would be issuing a statement at a later date.