A BODY was found behind a pub in Mold yesterday.
Dog walkers found the body of a man hanging from a tree on a well-used footpath near the Drovers Arms, Denbigh Road, at about 7am.
Police confirmed the death was not being treated as suspicious.
The man was not named yesterday.
The path leads from the back of the Drovers Arms to Orchard Way and is used as a regular cut through route.
Chris Jones, who lives on Orchard Way, said he was having a cigarette outside his front door just before 7am yesterday when a man walking his two dogs came into the street from the path to warn another dog-walker not to go down the path.
Mr Jones, who went to the scene, said another woman was there who had also been out with her dog.
He said it was quite dark but he saw the man hanging.
“There was no sense of life,” he said.
“As soon as I knew he was dead and that the emergency services had been called, I stepped back.
“My main concern was to stop other people seeing him. A lot of people cut through that spot throughout the day.”
The Welsh Ambulance Service said it was called to the footpath at 7.16am.
A spokesman said: “We sent a rapid response vehicle and an emergency ambulance to the scene, where one man was pronounced dead.”
Drovers Arms licensee Rhys Knowles said he left the pub at 10.30pm on Monday night and knew nothing of the incident until 11am yesterday.
“It’s a shock,” he said.
“Especially as it’s not somewhere you’d expect it to happen - on a public footpath.”
Flintshire councillor for Mold Brian Lloyd said the news was ‘very sad’.
He said: “We don’t know the details yet, but it’s very sad news.”
North East Wales coroner John Gittins confirmed he was aware of the death. An inquest is expected to be opened later this week.