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Police believe murdered man was victim of targeted attack

Sam Mechelewski was found dead in woods at Huntingdon Credit: ITV Anglia

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the death of a man in what they believe was a targeted attack.

The body of Sam Mechelewski, 20, from Huntingdon was discovered in woods at Hinchingbrooke Country Park on Thursday lunchtime. (Feb 1)

A post mortem was carried out yesterday evening (2 February), but no further details are available at this stage.

Officers are searching near the scene and carrying out house to house inquiries in the area.

We believe this was a targeted attack that has sadly resulted in the death of a young man. We’re slowly piecing together Sam’s movements from 8pm onwards on Wednesday (31 January). I appeal to anyone who knows Sam and saw him that evening, or anyone who was in the park and noticed anything suspicious, to contact us as a matter of urgency.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Adam Gallop

In a statement, Sam’s family said the last 24 hours had been the worst of their lives and that Sam would be greatly missed by his family and friends.

“Sam was no angel, but his life should not have ended this way. If anyone has information please contact the police. We have no forgiveness for the person who has done this, but you are also someone’s child. I urge you to come forward and take responsibility for your actions.”

– Sam's family

Anyone with information regarding this incident should call police on 101 quoting CC-01022018-0198 or visit https://mipp.police.uk/operation/554. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.