MANCHESTER, England (AP) – A city police chief who led an investigation into charges that Britain cooperated with secret CIA flights to transport terrorism suspects without formal proceedings has been found dead, his deputy said Tuesday.
Manchester Chief Constable Michael Todd, 50, was found dead in Snowdonia, about 240 miles northwest of London, Deputy Chief Constable Dave Whatton said. He had been missing since going out for a walk Monday during his day off.
Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Michael Todd, left, with Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown is seen outside Greenheys Police station in Manchester, England, in this Nov. 16, 2007 file photo. Todd, one of Britain's leading police chiefs who led an investigation into charges that Britain cooperated with the CIA's secret renditions has been found dead, in Snowdonia, about 240 miles (380 kilometers) northwest of London, according to Deputy Chief Constable Dave Whatton. He had gone missing after going for a walk Monday during his day off, Whatton said. His body was found the following afternoon on a mountain trail. He added that the body had not yet been formally identified but that he believed it was Todd. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson/PA/file)
Whatton said the body, which was found Tuesday afternoon, had not yet been formally identified but he believed it was Todd.
He said a coroner’s inquest would investigate the cause of death and did not give any further details.
Todd was elected vice president of the Association of Chief Police Officers of England and Wales in 2006, according to a biography on his Web site.
The association gave him the task of looking into accusations that Britain allowed the CIA to use the country’s airports to fly terrorism suspects to other countries without any extradition hearings, a clandestine procedure known as “extraordinary rendition.”
Todd’s investigation concluded last June that there was no evidence to back the claim. Last month, however, Britain admitted one of its remote outposts in the Indian Ocean had twice been used by the United States as a refueling stop for the secret transfer of two terrorism suspects.
He and his wife had a daughter and twin sons.
From: The Associated Press