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Police at the scene where Gerald Pragnell was discovered last Saturday Photo: ITV Meridan
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Detectives investigating the murder of a Southampton man have returned to the scene where he was found almost a week ago.

Gerald Pragnell, 66, was last seen leaving work at Southampton Airport.

His body was found in woodland off of Cemetery Road, by Southampton Common, on Saturday, November 3.

Gerald Pragnell's body was found in woodland on Cemetery Road on Saturday Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Today, police will be speaking to people in the Cemetery Road area, asking them if they saw Mr Pragnell or his car.

The force is particularly keen to speak to drivers with dash cams, who were driving around the area last Thursday morning, as they may have footage of his car.

His car is a silver Mercedes GLA, reg GIW 4045.

Police are looking for a Mercedes GLA, Reg GIW 4045 Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

“You might not know it, but you could have vital information stored on your dash cam from last Thursday.

“If you were in the area of Cemetery Road between 6.30am and 8.30am, you may have captured Mr Pragnell’s silver Mercedes without realising.

“We are urging you to get in touch with us so that we can take a look.

“We’re also asking for dash cam footage from the Inner Avenue and Bedford Place area between 8am and 11am, so if you know you were out driving in the area with your dash cam recording, please get in touch.”

“We know that people tend to follow the same weekly routine, so that is why we are back at the scene today.

“We want to speak to people who were in the area this time last week and ask them if they saw anything suspicious, Mr Pragnell or his car.

“We know joggers, cyclists and dog walkers are likely to follow certain routes, so I’d ask you to think back to last Thursday and try to remember if you saw either Mr Pragnell or his car in the car park.”

– Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Dave Morgan

If you have any information that could assist, please call 101 and quote Operation Experience.

Alternatively, you can make a report online. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.