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Jogger found dead in Durham City had been stabbed, police confirm
4:27pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
A JOGGER whose body was found near a North-East sports centre had been stabbed, police have confirmed.
Police say Peter Thomas Maine, whose body was found on a path near Maiden Castle in Durham City on Sunday morning, had suffered stab wounds.
The 56-year-old father-of-two, from Wynyard near Stockton, was found on a path opposite the running track by a cyclist shortly before 8am.
The area remains cordoned off as specialist search teams, including officers from Northumbria Police’s marine unit, carry out extensive searches of the River Wear and its banks.
Mr Maine had parked his black Range Rover Discovery in nearby Old Elvet just before 7.30am, about half an hour before his body was discovered.
He was wearing blue tracksuit bottoms, trainers and a short-sleeved black running top.
Mr. Maine's family today released a statement which said: "Peter was a loving husband to Joanna, a devoted father to Lucy and Jessica an 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 be afforded privacy in order to try and come to terms with our very sad loss."
Police are keen to trace anyone who may have been in the area between Old Elvet and Maiden Castle between 7.15am and 8.15am.
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."
Anyone with information regarding Mr Maine's death is asked to call police on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.