Police name Southsea beach murder victim

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DETECTIVES leading the investigation into the death of a man whose body parts have been found on Southsea beach have named the murder victim.

He was David Matthew Guy, 30, of no fixed abode. It is believed that Mr Guy had been living in the Southsea area.

A group of foreign students discovered the torso wrapped in a black bin liner on the beach in front of The Pyramids, Southsea shortly before 5.30pm on Tuesday, July 3.

Shortly after 8am this morning (Friday, July 6) police search teams located what appears to be the lower half of Mr Guy’s body on the rocks at low tide in front of Castle Field, Southsea.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Dick Pearson said: ‘Now we have identified the victim as David Guy, we are keen to gather as much information as possible about him.

‘Did you know Mr Guy or any of his friends or associates? If so we would like to hear from you. Even the smallest piece of information which may seem insignificant, could be a crucial part of this investigation.’

A 46-year-old man from Southsea, who was arrested yesterday evening (Thursday, July 5) on suspicion of murder, remains in police custody at this time. Magistrates have granted detectives a further 32 hours to question him.

Richmond Road in Southsea remains sealed off this evening. This area is of interest to detectives investigating this incident and a cordon is likely to remain in place for some time. Hampshire Constabulary would like to thank residents and nearby businesses for their co-operation.

DCI Pearson added: ‘My team is in close contact with local policing teams and officers from the Safer Neighbourhoods team will continue to conduct reassurance patrols in the area. There is no indication of further risk to the community, however this is being continually reassessed.’

Anyone with any concerns can contact the Safer Neighbourhoods team at Southsea police station on 101.

Anyone with any information which may assist this investigation should contact the Eastern Area Major Investigation team on 101, quoting Operation Nimbus. . Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.