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article imageMissing pub landlord found dead following theft

By Eileen Kersey     Dec 31, 2012 in Crime
Shrewton - Fifty-nine-year-old pub landlord Malcolm Levesconte went missing on December 9, 2012. Apart from Malcolm, around £30,000 from a "thrift fund" vanished also.
British police have today announced that the body of a man found in the sea off Dover, in the South of England, is that of missing pub landlord Malcolm Levesconte.
Malcolm had not been seen alive on land since December 9 when he was at his pub the Royal Oak, in Shrewton. The search for Mr Levescote began as those who had paid into the thrift fund were left high and dry for Christmas. 60 people had paid into the fund to ensure a "decent" Christmas but when the money vanished they had no recourse.
As the 60 people looked toward a glum Christmas donations poured in. Within four days almost all of the money had been replaced by donations received from far and near.
The mystery surrounding the missing landlord however remained unsolved.
It was known that Levesconte had purchased a ferry ticket for a crossing to St Malo in France, the day he went missing. It was also known that he boarded the ferry at Portsmouth on the evening of Decmber 9. Witnesses saw him. After that his whereabouts became a mystery.
Whilst it was a known fact that Malcolm had boarded the ferry no-one could be certain that he had disembarked. Immediately there were warning bells that perhaps he had fallen from the vessel or thrown himself overboard.
Initially the police investigation was a criminal one due to the missing £30,000. As the investigation continued it was revealed that Mr Levesconte had mounting debts. He appeared to have vanished into thin air. No return ticket was ever puchased.
The discovery of a male body in the sea on Christmas Eve 2012 pointed to Mr Levesconte. Today it has been announced that the body has been identified as the missing pub landlord.
A police spokesperson has confirmed that the death of Mr Levesconte is being treat as not suspicious. A coroner's inquest will follow.
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