An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a man whose body was found in a decomposed state at a flat in Bradford.

The death of unemployed Sean Sheppard, 42, of Cunliffe Terrace, Manningham, was discovered on April 18.

He had to be identified by DNA, the inquest in Bradford was told yesterday.

Assistant Bradford Coroner Oliver Longstaff said: “A DNA profile comparison was made and the likelihood of the deceased being anyone other than him was one in a billion. Therefore, I’m satisfied Mr Sheppard has been appropriately identified.”

The Coroner’s Office has made an appeal for Mr Sheppard’s relatives to come forward.