Man arrested over death of Cardiff drag queen Darren Moore is released on bail

A man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after the death of a well-known drag queen in Cardiff has been released on bail.

The 50-year-old man was detained three days after the body of Darren Moore was found in a city centre alley on Sunday evening.

He has since been released pending further enquiries, South Wales Police confirmed on Thursday.

Mr Moore, 39, from Newport was last been seen at around 5am on Sunday wearing make-up, a luminous green dress, blonde wig, heels and carrying a clutch bag.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Raikes, from South Wales Police, said a post-mortem examination had been conducted and further examinations are ongoing to establish a cause of death.

“Initial investigations have so far not revealed or confirmed any obvious cause of death, however, extensive enquiries are continuing to establish the cause and circumstances of Mr Moore’s death,” Detective Raikes said.

“I would also again like to respectfully ask people to refrain from speculating on social media about what has occurred and please let the police investigation take its course.”

Members of the public had been asked to contact the police if they had seen Mr Moore during the early hours of Sunday, or if they were in the vicinity of Park Lane and Windsor Place between 3am and 7am.

An incident room has been set up at Cardiff Central police station.

In a statement issued by police, Mr Moore’s family described him as “a loving husband, son, brother, uncle and friend”.

“He was always the life and soul where ever he went, he was our social butterfly. He made sure he had a lot of time for people, and never judged others,” they said.

“Darren’s husband and family want to thank everyone for their support but now need time to grieve and respectfully request privacy at this time.”