Coroners are called up to investigate any deaths reported to them where it is thought that the circumstances were violent or unnatural, the cause is unknown, or the person died while in prison, police custody or another type of state detention.
As well as being responsible for investigating the causes of such deaths, they also have a duty to contact the nearest surviving relatives.
The team at Wakefield Coroner’s Office is currently appealing for the public to help in tracing any known relatives of Peter Heald, who died on Thursday November 2. Aged 55, he was living in Mount Pleasant Road, Pudsey, at the time of his death.
Anyone with any information should contact Wakefield Coroner's office on 01924 302180.