Police to reopen probe into death of Downham Market man Jan Hogan six years ago

Jan Hogan with one of his childreh: Submitted pictures

Jan Hogan with one of his childreh: Submitted pictures - Credit: Archant

The family of a man whose death six years ago remains unsolved have welcomed news that the police are to review the case, and reopen it should any new evidence be found.

Jan Hogan's body was found in his flat in Basil Drive, Downham Market on May 23, 2010.

His family say they still have many unanswered questions about his death and are appealing for the public's help to discover what happened to the 59-year-old father of five.

Norfolk Constabulary will carry out a review of the circumstances of his death to establish if there are new grounds to reopen the case.

The family said in a statement: 'The unexplained and sudden death of our dad was a huge shock and ripped a hole in our hearts affecting us all deeply.


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'Not knowing how he died and in what circumstances causes us distress and anguish each day.

'As every year goes by, we are upset and frustrated that we may never know what really happened that day and no family should have to go through this. We seek closure so we can truly put dad to rest.

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'He left behind a son and four daughters and has missed out on seeing his grandchildren and a great-granddaughter grow up.

'He was also a loving brother who supported his sister throughout her childhood. She was left bereft and with no siblings or parents. We are determined to get justice for our dad.

'We want to make an urgent plea to anyone living locally who may be able to shed light on the events leading up to and surrounding his death. If anyone knows anything, please come forward and help us get closure.'

Following Mr Hogan's death, a lengthy police investigation was carried out, and a coroner's inquest recorded an open verdict due to insufficient evidence. The coroner did, however, state that Mr Hogan had not killed himself or died from natural causes.

A Norfolk police spokeswoman said: 'Following an approach from Mr Hogan's family, officers from the Major Investigation Team will review the unsolved case; should any new evidence come to light as a result, the enquiry would be formally re-opened. We will of course keep the family informed throughout this process.'

Anyone with information concerning the case should contact the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101 and ask to speak to the unsolved case review team. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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