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Body of Murdered Ethiopian Man Could Have Lain in Quiet Village for Days before Discovery

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The body of a 31-year-old man found in a rural village on the fringes of Bristol could have lain there for several days before it was discovered on Christmas Eve, police believe.

Detectives investigating the murder of Mohammed Abdurezek, who was found with multiple stab wounds in a wooded area in Siston, believe the killers dumped his body after he died.


Police have now launched a fresh appeal in a bid to trace Mohammed’s movements in the days leading up to his murder.

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Mohammed Abdurezek

The Ethiopian, who has lived in Britain for 10 years, was found by a dog walker in undergrowth off Gibbs Lane at about 10.10am on Christmas Eve.

Detective Chief Inspector James Riccio, from Avon and Somerset police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said Mohammed is believed to have been in Bristol since the beginning of December.

He had also spent time in the city previously since moving to the UK and has links to Swansea and Newcastle.

Mohammed Abdurezek was found with no ID, mobile phone or personal belongings, but police believe he owned an old Nokia phone.

They are scouring CCTV to trace the vehicle which could have been used to move the body to Siston, asking anybody who has seen a suspicious vehicle to come forward.

Detectives urged anyone who knew or recently saw Mohammed Abdurezek, who also used the nickname Maratu, to come forward in a bid to trace his movements.

He has links to Easton, Stapleton and St Paul’s, DCI Riccio said.