An investigation has been launched into the discovery of what police say are human bones found on a houseboat in Oxford that was set on fire. Officers were called to the canal in Wolvercote on Friday night. The fire was so severe investigators are still not sure what caused it.
– Det Ch Insp Andy Bird, Thames Valley Police
We have been working closely with the fire service to establish the full circumstances surrounding how the fire happened and now believe that the boat could have been alight at around 2am on Friday morning. The boat has been badly burnt by the fire and so it has been difficult for us to carry out our investigation. We have however found some bones on the boat which we believe to be human and are working hard to identify these further. I 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.