Canal boat fire: Police still unsure over victim's identity

POLICE are tonight still unsure over whose remains were on board a boat gutted by fire a week ago.

The canal boat Lady of the Lake was burnt out last Friday night at the Duke's Cut waterway at Wolvercote, north of Oxford, and police then found human remains.

They soon said the remains were believed to be the boat's owner, Kevin Pryor, but tonight have said that has still not been confirmed.

A post mortem examination today has failed to establish the identity.

Det Insp Mike Lynch, leading the investigation, said: “We have been working hard to positively identify the person involved.

"We have so far established the human remains were from the body of an adult male.

“We have been unable to positively identify this male at this time, and we need to perform further forensic  investigations which will continue next week.”

Mr Lynch is now appealing for anyone who has information on Mr Pryor’s movements in the past few weeks to call him on the police enquiry line 101.

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4:18am Sat 24 Nov 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

With all respects, this has all the aspects of an Inspector Morse. Colin, one last mystery please.
With all respects, this has all the aspects of an Inspector Morse. Colin, one last mystery please. Pavinder Msvarensy

4:47pm Sat 24 Nov 12

dant40 says...

Thats great. Last week the person name is said, and now its not him. i'm pleased I never arranged flowers with his name on. Shouldn't you wait until until you get the right id before printing it
Thats great. Last week the person name is said, and now its not him. i'm pleased I never arranged flowers with his name on. Shouldn't you wait until until you get the right id before printing it dant40

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