Footage released of believed-to-be witness to unexplained death

Footage released of believed-to-be witness to unexplained death
Footage released of believed-to-be witness to unexplained death

The POLICE are releasing footage of an individual officers think could have witness information in connection with an unexplained death in Oxford.

Officers were called at around 12.15pm on Monday, July 26, 2021, to a report of a body in the River Cherwell, near Parsons Pleasure Bathing Place.

The body of a man was recovered, and he was identified as 30-year-old Jorge Javier Martin Carreno.

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Thames Valley Police treated the death as unexplained and released a CCTV image of a person they believe saw the 30-year-old before he died, but they remain unidentified.

The newly released footage is of the same person, walking along Cornmarket Street.

Mr Carreno, of Wilkins Road, was last seen on a night out with colleagues on July 24 at the Cow and Creek pub in New Road.

He left the pub at about 2.10am and was seen on CCTV footage “stumbling” into Radcliffe Square at about 3.45am.

The unknown witness could be seen entering the square and sitting next to Mr Carreno before the pair walked off together.

They were last seen at 4.27am walking towards Marston Cyclepath in South Parks Road.

Mr Carreno’s phone then lost signal at about 5am which police believe indicates the approximate time he entered the water.

He was found at midday on July 26 about 200m from where he was last seen on CCTV.

The forensic pathologist who performed the post-mortem, Dr Brett Lockyer, said Mr Carreno was found with some bruises to the left side of his body on his head, shoulder and back which could represent injury from a third party or could be accidental from a fall.

Dr Lockyer also said there was a possibility that the injuries were caused by a “single blow to the head” and that someone could have “held him under water.”

Leading investigator Det Con Dan Hayward said at the time of the inquest that he can’t rule out third party involvement but has done everything he can to try and identify the witness.

Following this recent footage release, he said: “An inquest into the death of Mr Carreno was held and the coroner delivered a narrative verdict.

“As part of the inquest the coroner requested that further efforts are made to identify the individual in the footage as they may have witness information about what happened.”

He asked that people who think they know who it is in the footage, please call 101 or make a report online, quoting reference 43210332803.

Additionally, anyone who has any information they think may be useful should get in touch using the methods above.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

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