Seychelles police are studying CCTV images in a bid to find out how a Portsmouth-based sailor died.
The body of Charles Warrender was found behind the national library in Victoria in an area used as a children’s playground.
The local newspaper Today in Seychelles reported that the sailor from HMS Richmond was found dead by a passer-by at 6.45am last Friday.
The paper reported: ‘The man was wearing a light blue shirt and blue jeans at the time of death. He was barefoot and, puzzlingly, his shoes and socks were placed next to him. The posture of the body almost suggested that he asleep, with one arm on his chest and the other bent at the elbow.
‘The police say that there was no “visual” evidence that foul play was involved but that the sheer unnaturalness of the discovery is what is making them treat the death as suspicious.’
The report added: ‘Little is known about where the British sailor went before his death and who he was with. The police are expected to question other members of the crew of HMS Richmond to try and retrace the 23 year-old’s movements before his death.
‘In the meantime, it is hoped that the CCTV cameras in town will assist the police in their investigation. Questions however are being asked about whether the police still conduct patrols in town in the evening and the early hours of the morning and whether the patrols should not be more regular, especially on end-of-month weekends.’