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Saddleworth Moor, where the body was found on 12 December 2015. Photograph: Gary Calton for the Guardian

Saddleworth Moor, where the body was found on 12 December 2015. Photograph: Gary Calton

The Mystery Body Found on Saddleworth Moor

He mightn?t have known where he was going, but he was going on a journey, and he didn?t want anyone to find him

This is the tale of a man found dead in Saddleworth Moor, in Peak District National Park in Northern England, December, 2015. A cyclist found him in a peculiar position, in clothing inappropriate for a walk, and with no belongings or forms of identification.

Months later, after tracing his final route across England from London to Manchester with CCTV footage, and examining the few clues the man left behind ? including a small container holding strychnine, a poison ? detectives have been unable to identify him, or figure out why he traveled 200 miles to die on the moor.

Why did the man travel all the way to the moorland track where he was found? Why there? Why poison? Why strychnine?

Some count the area where the body was discovered as being part of Saddleworth Moor.

It is very popular, especially on a bright summer?s day. Not only walkers but cyclists and climbers come here, and sailors on Dovestone Reservoir.

But it is also a place associated with a number of deaths over the years.

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