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17 December 2012, 09:06 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
Police are appealing for information after a man was found dead inside a house in Gateshead.
A post mortem examination was carried out on the 32-year-old's body and it has been established he died as a result of serious head injuries.
A murder investigation has been launched and detectives are appealing for anyone with any information to contact them.
Northumbria Police DCI Christina Barrett said:
"Officers discovered John Roberts' body inside his home address on Sunday evening and a post mortem showed that he died as a result of head injuries.
Mr Roberts' last confirmed sighting was on Thursday, December 13th, and we need to trace his whereabouts since that day.
We are keen to speak to anyone who may have see Mr Roberts or spoken to him since Thursday, or anyone with any information that could help us track his movements since he was last seen.
He is well known in the local area and quite distinctive looking due to his long hair and long beard. If anyone thinks they may have seen him since Thursday then I'd ask them to contact us.
We have extra officers in the Winlaton area carrying out enquiries and speaking to residents. If anyone has any concerns or information that they wish to pass on face to face to officers then please speak to them.
Anyone with information can contact us on 101 or anonymously if they wish by ringing Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."