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Appeal to trace movements of man found dead in Bristol

Added on 28 November 2017 at 14:07

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We’re appealing for the public’s help in tracing the movements of a man whose body was found in Bristol on Sunday (26/11).

Officers from the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) launched a murder inquiry after the man’s body was discovered in a property on City Road, St Paul's at approximately 11.45am.

While formal identification is yet to take place, we believe the man to be 43-year-old Dean Sawyer.

Dean Sawyer
Dean Sawyer

Detective Inspector Mike Buck, of MCIT, said: “A full investigation is being carried out into the circumstances of this tragic incident in which a man has lost his life.

“Sadly, Mr Sawyer’s body lay undiscovered for up to two weeks.

"His next of kin have been informed and specially trained officers are offering support to his family.

“A post mortem examination has been carried out and it's clear he'd been the victim of a serious assault.

“As part of our investigation we’re keen to talk to anyone who knew Mr Sawyer and who may have seen him recently, or have information about his recent activities.

“We’d also like to speak to anyone who knew his routines and who could help us build a picture of the lifestyle he led.

“If you have any information, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, please call us as it could prove to be vital.

DI Buck added: “House-to-house enquiries have been carried out in the local area while specialist crime scene investigators have examined the property where his body was found.

“We’re aware this will have an impact on the wider community and would encourage anyone with concerns to contact their local neighbourhood team.”

If you knew Mr Sawyer and remember having seen him in the past fortnight, or have any information, please call MCIT via 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5217271092.

If you don’t want to speak to the police, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They don’t ask for your name and they never trace your call. You can also visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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