Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Decomposed body discovered at Ocean Heights

Coroner’s investigation

by Brian Reyes and Dominique Searle

The Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) has so far declined to rule out as 'suspicious' the death of a man whose body was found in a first floor apartment in Ocean Heights yesterday.

Police teams were last night working at the scene but the body was so badly decomposed that only a forensic pathologist will be able to establish the cause of death.

A member of the building's cleaning staff discovered the body at around lunchtime, according to people on the scene. Witnesses described a strong smell of decay as the body was taken from the apartment late yesterday afternoon, confirming that the man had been dead for some time. The corpse was removed in a black body bag by police officers wearing protective clothing and breathing masks.

One person who works in the building said the man, who has not been identified, was in his 30s and was not believed to be local, though there has been no official confirmation of this so far.

Coroner Charles Pitto attended the scene alongside officers from the Royal Gibraltar Police and the ambulance personnel. The Coroner, who is charged with investigating deaths in unusual circumstances, will be seeking to establish whether the cause of death was natural or otherwise.


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