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Canal boat body still a mystery

Thames Valley Police have failed to identify a man found dead on a canal boat in Oxfordshire.

The human remains were found following a fire onboard the boat moored on the canal near to the Peartree Roundabout at Wolvercote on November the 16th.

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."


The owner of the boat was earlier this week named as 49-year-old Kevin Pryor. Police are continuing to urge anyone who has information on Mr Pryor's movements in the past few weeks to get in touch.

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Witnesses sought after houseboat fire

Thames Valley Police have launched a witness appeal after a houseboat moored in Oxford was set on fire. Officers were called to the scene at the canal in Wolvercote near the Peartree Roundabout at around 11pm on the night of Friday 16th November.

“We are currently working closely with the fire service to establish the full circumstances surrounding how the fire happened.

“I would like to urge anyone who might have seen what happened or has information to help us with our enquiries and has not yet spoken to a police officer to come forward.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Andy Bird, Thames Valley Police

Anyone with information can contact Thames Valley Police by telephoning 101. Or by calling the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.