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Open verdict on body found in river in 1995

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Image caption Mr Allison's disappearance was the subject of a cold case inquiry

An open verdict has been recorded at an inquest into the death of a 20-year-old Glaswegian whose body was identified 16 years after he died.

Ian Allison's body was found in the River Kent in Cumbria in June 1995 - seven months after he went missing.

He was identified last year through DNA samples after a link was made with a missing person's case.

At a hearing in Kendal, coroner Ian Smith said he could say nothing about where, how or when Mr Allison died.

Mr Allison vanished while hitch-hiking from Devon to Glasgow in 1994.

His disappearance was the subject of a cold case inquiry starting in 2009.

Devon and Cornwall Police had recirculated his details, including his exceptional height of about 6ft 10in.

The force was later contacted by Cumbria coroner Mr Smith, who connected the case to that of the "very tall unknown male" who was found in the River Kent in 1995.

The inquest heard DNA and clothing then completed the jigsaw.

Mr Smith said he hoped the inquest would provide some closure to Mr Allison's mother, Mary.

Last summer she visited the grave in Kendal where her son's remains had lain, unidentified, since 1996.

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