- Body of Dr Richard Holmes discovered in a field four miles from the Porton Down defence establishment
- Police said there were no suspicious circumstances in latest case but revealed scientist was ‘under a great deal of stress’
- He resigned from Porton Down last month, but it is unclear why
A weapons expert who worked with Dr David Kelly at the Government’s secret chemical warfare laboratory has been found dead in an apparent suicide.
In circumstances strongly reminiscent of Dr Kelly’s own mysterious death nine years ago, the body of Dr Richard Holmes was discovered in a field four miles from the Porton Down defence establishment in Wiltshire. It is not yet known how he died.
Mr Holmes, 48, had gone missing two days earlier after telling his wife he was going out for a walk – just as Dr Kelly did before he was found dead at an Oxfordshire beauty spot in July 2003.