Update 5 September: I have received the following from Karen and will let it speak for itself. Many believe, others don’t, but I think we all have an innate and deep longing for justice, and for closure when tragedy strikes. I hope this brings both to Karen, for Jordan …
A medium from out of the area came to see a friend of ours and to cut a long story short, she said that our son Jordan had been coming through to her with a message for us. We duly went to see her and she firstly gave us definite evidence that was Jordan coming through! She went around the houses at first, then she said that Jordan’s death was not natural and that he was murdered. That it happened quickly and he did not suffer. She is going to find out more information but Jord doesn’t want us to take it any further as we have suffered enough. Not that anyone would listen anyway, it is a relief to know the truth and everyone has said that they already knew it.I just hope that no other family has to go through what we have all for a mobile phone a gold ring and few hundred euros. She said that Jordans murderer has been involved in a car accident and knocked down and is no longer with us and it happened soon after his death.
Update 25 May 2013: A British Coroner’s Court has dismissed the Spanish police report into how Jordan died. Clearly he was drug and alcohol free, but whether he drowned, fell, or was attacked will never be clarified. The Coroner has ruled that the cause of his death is “unascertained”, and an open verdict was recorded. The Coroner’s remarks are of no credit whatsoever to Spanish police or forensic procedures: given that they are normally effective, the lack of rigour betrays a blatant disregard for the wellbeing of holidaymakers that is itself hardly credible … or creditable.
Update 18 September: I was really pleased to meet Jordan’s mum, Karen, recently when she was in Tenerife on holiday. It was lovely finally to put a face to the name and the online person. Karen asked me to post to let everyone know that although she felt apprehensive about coming to Tenerife for the first time since Jordan died, once here she actually felt really peaceful, and found it helped to visit the places Jordan would have visited himself while here.
Karen is no nearer to getting a definitive answer as to how Jordan died, but there are now legal measures underway which will hopefully open a few files, and hopefully clarify the picture. It’s possible, it seems, that it was a tragic accident, perhaps due to illness. Karen is a lovely woman, and I’m sure all of us on this site hope she can get nearer closure as further information is released, and wish her strength and send her support in a situation that no mother should have to face.
Update 7 February 2012: Jordan’s family has now received the Toxicology Report on his death from their MP. The report confirms that there was neither alcohol nor drugs in his system, so his death remains an utterly tragic mystery.
The family were in some way hoping that the evidence of alcohol would at least provide a clue as to how he died, and they are now more distressed and mystified than ever at the removal of what was, if nothing else, a potential explanation.
Update 1 December 2011: At long last Jordan Walchester’s family have seen the police reports of the investigation into his death, and they show that the poor lad died after falling over and hitting his head on rocks. He was not attacked, nor despite initial police suggestions did he drown. The documents have now been made available for handing over to the North Staffordshire Coroner to arrange an inquest which will probably be held early next year.
Update 13 Sept 2010: The dead man is still not finally confirmed as British, though this is what appears to be the case, and polices sources are now saying it is possible he was not involved in a fight, but was the victim of foul play. Investigations continue. RTVC
Update 12 Sept 7.30pm: National Police have been collecting evidence at the Troya beach scene to try to clarify the cause of death of this man, who is thought to be British. It appears that he could have died as the result of a fight. RTVC
Original post 12 Sept: A man’s body was found around 8am this morning on a beach in Playa de las Américas. He appears to have been around 30 years of age. There is just this bare information right now, but the scene was attended by ambulance medics, National Police and Policía Local after a call was made to emergency services. C24H