POLICE appealing for information after a man’s body was found in Scammonden have released photos of three potential witnesses they want to trace.
A PCSO found the body of Najeebullah Nekzad, 19, who was from Ashton-under-Lyne area shortly before 11.10am on Saturday, August 31, after reports the day before of a grey coloured Fiat Punto having been abandoned in the area.
The officer found the body of Mr Nekzad inside the vehicle which had been left near old Nont Sarah’s Hotel.
It is thought the vehicle had been left at the location for several days.
Mr Nekzad’s death is currently being treated as unexplained and officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward to help in the investigation.
Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs from the Protective Services (Crime) team, said: “I need to know happened to Najeebullah. He was a young man with his life ahead of him and I am making a direct appeal for information about what happened to him.
“That is why today I am releasing a photo of three men I want to speak to as potential witnesses about what happened.
“They could hold vital information and not even realise the significance of it. I need them to pick up the phone and call.
“They were in the area between 9.50am and 10.10am on Wednesday, August 28. They were in a white coloured Vauxhall Grandland (pictured) and got out of the vehicle to take pictures of the old Nont Sarah’s Hotel. They parked up at 9.55am and left at 9.58am in the direction of Denshaw.
“The body was left in a very remote spot – there isn’t much around so it is likely you would remember if you were in the area and had reason to stop.
“We have also released images of four other vehicles:
A white Mercedes (possibly E class)
A red Vauxhall (possibly a Zafira)
A white car-derived van (make unknown)
A unknown car – possibly a Honda
“We want to speak to the drivers of those vehicles or any passengers inside as again they may hold important information about what happened.
“The road is often used by people commuting to and from the Manchester area for work purposes or for other day-to-day activities.
“I specifically want to speak to the people in those cars or anyone else who was driving in the area and particularly anyone with dash cam footage – even if it appears insignificant it could greatly assist our enquiries.”
Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting log 438 of 30 August.
Or via www.westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk/contact us
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