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Body found on Fife shore identified

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Police in Fife have confirmed that the identity of an elderly man who was found dead in Kirkcaldy has now been established.

The man was found on the shoreline of the Esplanade, opposite the old Kirkcaldy Swimming Pool, at 1.25pm on Thursday.

Officers appealed for the public to help identify the pensioner, who had a faded tattoo of a cross with the word “mother” on his left forearm.

He also had a hearing aid in his left ear and is believed to have used a white walking stick.

Police, the fire service, an ambulance and the Kinghorn lifeboat were called to the Esplanade following the discovery.

When found, the man was wearing a grey T-shirt, a navy and red checked shirt, a zipped top, black cotton jogging bottoms, grey socks and black loafer-style shoes.

The man’s death was initially treated by police as unexplained.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “He has now been identified as a 91-year-old man from the Fife area.

“His immediate next of kin has been informed.

“Enquiries are currently ongoing, however the circumstances are not believed to be suspicious.

“A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

“Officers would like to thank those members of the public and media who supported their appeal for information.

“Our condolences are with the gentleman’s family at this difficult time.”

The man’s name has not been made public although it is understood more information may be released today.

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