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Tragic Simon fell into water after night out drinking

13 February 2013

A MAN whose disappearance in Aberystwyth sparked a massive search by friends and emergency services probably fell into the river or harbour and drowned after a drinking session, an inquest has heard.

Simon Jones, 24, who was from Llandysul, was last seen leaving Pier Pressure Nightclub in the early hours of Monday, 9 April. He had intended to return to a friend’s flat in nearby Penparcau, but Mr Jones never arrived, sparking a major search of the area.

CCTV showed Mr Jones leaving the Pier just after 1am. He was then seen staggering towards two takeaways, eating a pizza and, finally, walking along High Street in the direction of South Road at 1.33am.

But there were no more sightings of the man and his disappearance remained a mystery for five weeks, until his body washed up on a beach near Aberdyfi on 14 May.

Re-tracing his final moments, coroner Peter Brunton said Mr Jones had come up from his home in Llandysul to stay in Aberystwyth with his friend, Andrew Leigh Hamilton, on Sunday, 8 April, with the intention of going mountain biking the following day.

Mr Jones arrived at his friend’s house in Penparcau at approximately 5.30pm that evening and the two of them walked into Aberystwyth at about 8pm.

They called at various public houses on the way. It appears that they walked into town along the riverside footpath from Penparcau to Trefechan and he was last seen shortly after 1am on 9 April when he left the Pier Pressure Nightclub intending to return to his friend’s flat, his friend remaining at the nightclub as he was employed as a DJ.  

 

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