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Body found in ditch identified as man killed in 2004

Aivaras Danilevicius
Aivaras Danilevicius

DNA from a man whose body was found by workmen clearing ditches in the UK has helped identify him as a Lithuanian suspected to have been killed 12 years ago.

The remains of Aivaras Danilevicius were discovered in Hawthorn Lane in Warfield, Bracknell, Berkshire, on July 24 last year.

His cause of death remains uncertain but it is believed he had been bludgeoned as he had "blunt force" injuries to his head.

Detective Sergeant Paul Quinton, of Thames Valley Police's major crime unit, said investigators suspect Mr Danilevicius was killed after late summer 2004.

Details about Mr Danilevicius's background have also emerged as police hope an appeal on the one-year anniversary of the discovery of his body will lead to his killer.

It is suggested he had links to the gay community in London and is believed to have arrived in the UK in 1996, remaining mainly in the London area.

His next of kin have visited Britain since his death and are in touch with detectives, who have appealed for anyone with information about him to come forward.

Mr Quinton said: "Our inquiries so far have led us to believe that Aivaras potentially had connections within the gay community in London.

"Therefore we are appealing to anyone, and in particular members of the gay community, to assist us in locating Aivaras's friends and associates.

"This in turn may help us to understand better the circumstances surrounding his murder and potentially assist us in identifying the offender or offenders responsible for his death."

He appealed to anyone who had links with Mr Danilevicius in the years before his death, or knows anything about his associations in London.

Mr Quinton said any detail, "no matter how insignificant" it may seem, could be vitally important to the investigation.

"As I am sure anyone can imagine, Aivaras's family are desperate to find out what happened to their loved one," Mr Quinton added.

Anyone with information is asked to call Thames Valley Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.