Investigation into death of 50 year-old Cwmbran man focusses on missing trainers

The police investigation into the unexplained death of a 50 year-old man from the Cwmbran area is focussing on missing items of clothing.

Steven Hodges’ body was discovered by a member of the public at approximately midday on Sunday 8 September, on a piece of land within Taf Fechan Nature Reserve.

A Home Office post mortem confirmed that he died from a head injury.


When his body was discovered he was missing a black and green camouflage jacket and his trainers – a pair of white Reebok ‘classics’ trainers. The footwear has never been recovered.

Officers are appealing to anybody who may have seen these items of clothing somewhere in or around the area to make contact.

Merthyr Tydfil Police are appealing for motorists who would have been driving along the A465 Head of the Valleys road in the early hours of the 8th of September, between midnight and 2am between Cefn Coed and Dowlais.

They are asking people to check their dashcam footage for sightings of a man walking along that road towards Dowlais.

Police say the man’s next of kin is being supported.

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