Police and fire services at the scene of the tragic incident in Leamore (Pix: Stuart Williams)
POLICE in Walsall have today named a man whose body was found at a fire in Bloxwich Road, Leamore.
Gary Ford of Bloxwich, 32, was discovered when police and fire-fighters were called to the blaze on open ground (formerly The Butler’s Arms) at the rear of Somerfield’s Supermarket/Texaco Pertrol Station at around 6pm during the early evening of Wednesday 4 May.
Mr Ford had suffered serious burns, but a post mortem to determine the precise cause of death has proved inconclusive. Further forensic tests are now to be carried out.
At this stage, detectives are continuing to treat his death as unexplained and are making a fresh appeal for witnesses and information to throw light on the circumstances surrounding Mr Ford’s death.
The scene of the crime: site of the now-demolished Butlers Arms Detective Inspector Bob Bradford, from Force CID, said: “It is not yet clear exactly how Mr Ford died or whether there is any criminality involved either in his death or the cause of the fire.
“However, it is a matter of fact that he was badly burned and that we are still trying to gain a clearer picture of both his personal background and what happened.
“It is important to the inquiry for anyone with information to come forward. The scene of the fire is just off Bloxwich Road, which is a busy route and would have had a fair number of motorists using it at around 6pm on Wednesday.
“We are also keen to trace three youths or young men who were walking along the pavement adjacent to the scene at around 6pm to 6:15pm. They may well have seen something significant and we would stress that they could be vital witnesses.
Anyone with information should contact Force CID at Bloxwich by ringing 0345 113 5000 or calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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