A TEENAGER found dead after missing from home may have died around the time he vanished, police now say.
And police confirmed at the opening of an inquest at Huddersfield Coroner's Court yesterday that it is unlikely James Dollery's death was suspicious.
James, 17, mysteriously vanished after leaving his Waterloo home to meet friends on November 19.
They all went their separate ways at about 9.30pm, but James never returned to his home at Sunnymead.
His body was found at the foot of a steep rocky banking behind Tandem Taxis at Wakefield Road, Wat- erloo, on February 3.
Police at first thought he had only been dead for around two weeks due to the state of the body's decomposition.
And a taxi driver said he had checked around the outside of the building about two weeks before the body was found.
But further detailed tests now indicate James may have been dead far longer.
And it turned out the taxi driver had not been as far around the back of the building as where James' body was lying.
James' mother, Mrs Pauline Dollery, said: "It's sheer disbelief that James' body may have been there all that time so close to home, yet had not been found by the police.
Coroner Roger Whittaker confirmed James had died from a fractured spine.
Det Insp Steve Hepplestone, of Huddersfield CID, said:
"It is unlikely there will be any criminal proceedings arising out of this death, but we are continuing with this investigation."
Full results of the post mortem will be known by police in around two weeks.
Mr Whittaker allow- ed James body to be released for the funeral.