Heartbroken parents’ appeal over final 13 hours before son’s death
- Credit: Simon Parkin
The parents of a man who was found dead on the playing field in a quiet Norfolk village have launched a fresh appeal in the hope of discovering what happened in his final hours.
Steven Rouse, 53, of Long Road, Tibenham, was discovered at the Turnpike community playing field in Bunwell on October 26, 2018.
His parents Bill and Gloria Rouse, who live in Lewisham in South London, have begun a campaign to leaflet car boot sales and other events in Norfolk in a fresh bid to jog people’s memories.
They are appealing for help to find out what happened to their son between him reportedly leaving the home he shared with his partner at 10pm on October 25, and his body being found at 11.30am the following day.
Mrs Rouse said: “We are still trying to find out his last movements. We are in limbo at the moment. It cannot bring him back but finding out what happened in these hours would be a closure in a way.”
In 2019 an inquest found that Mr Rouse took his own life. But his parents have doubts about the circumstances surrounding his death.
“To us most of it doesn’t make sense. He was so full of life, he loved living,” said Mrs Rouse.
They believe someone must have seen their son or a black Audi A4 S-Line car that he had borrowed for a trip to the Lake District over the previous four days in the 13 hours before his death.
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“We think he must have been in the South Norfolk area during those hours,” said Mrs Rouse. “We don’t think we would have gone far because he had just driven from the Lake District back to Tibenham.
“He had money in his wallet and he could easily have bought something while he was out. He had low blood sugar so he had to eat every few hours. We think someone must have seen him.”
Two mobile phones belonging to Mr Rouse and his desktop computer found to be missing after his death have never been found.
His parents have unsuccessfully tried to access his phone records as part of efforts to discover more about his final hours.
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