Family pleads for justice as police review unsolved death of Downham Market man

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Police are to review the case of a man who was found dead in a flat in Downham six years ago this week.

An open verdict was recorded at an inquest following the death of Edmund Jan Hogan and, to date, no-one has been charged in connection with the case.

Now, coinciding with the anniversary of his death, police have announced they will look at the case again, and re-open their inquiry if new evidence emerges, following a request from Mr Hogan’s family.

And they have appealed for information from the public in order to finally establish what happened to him.

Mr Hogan, who was known as Jan, was 59 when he was found dead at a flat in Basil Drive, Downham, on May 23, 2010.

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

“Not knowing how he died and in what circumstances he died 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.

“Dad was a hardworking man, had a work ethic like no other and was a man of many skills.

“He was funny and intelligent and never failed to provide financially for his family. He left behind a son and four daughters and has missed out on seeing his grandchildren and great granddaughter grow.

“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.”

Although a man was arrested in connection with his death at the time, no charges were ever brought.

An inquest held in January 2011 recorded an open verdict after it was revealed that a post-mortem examination had been unable to determine exactly how Mr Hogan died.

The then Norfolk coroner, William Armstrong, said: “There is insufficient evidence available to enable a reliable judgement to be formed as to the cause of death.

“He did not kill himself and did not die from natural causes.”

A Norfolk Police spokesman said yesterday: “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 inquiry would be formally re-opened. We will of course keep the family informed throughout this process.”

Anyone with information about Mr Hogan’s death is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.