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Journalist died from head injury, post-mortem finds

A missing journalist whose body was found after more than two months died from a head injury and drowning, a post-mortem found.

Clive Dennier, 50, was reported missing when he failed to show up for work at the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald on 25 March, after he went walking in the Scottish Highlands.

A body, which has now been confirmed as Clive’s, was found in a river by a member of the public in the Kinloch Hourn area, on the Knoydart Peninsula, and a post-mortem found he died from a head injury and drowning.

His paper reports that it is believed he fell and hit his head before entering the water and there are no suspicious circumstances around his death.

A date for Clive’s funeral has been set for this Friday (14 June) and will be held near Ormskirk in Lancashire, where his family are from.

At the service to celebrate his life, donations will be collected for the mountain rescue services, who searched for Clive when he went missing.

Following the discovery of his body, his editor Gavin Musgrove said he was a “very talented and experience reporter” and said his disappearance had “left a massive hole in their lives”.

Clive studied journalism in Preston before working at newspapers including the Eastern Daily Press, the Gulf Daily News in Bahrain and other titles in the Welsh Valleys and Oxfordshire, before moving to the Highlands around 20 years ago.

He had worked as a chief reporter in the Inverness office of the Press and Journal and also worked as a press officer for the Labour Party in Inverness before he joined the Herald in August 2011.

There will be a private family burial for Clive on Thursday followed by a service of thanksgiving on Friday at 12 noon at Christ Church Aughton, near Ormskirk.