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Walkford murder investigation – victim named as 35-year-old Edward Reeve

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THE 35-year-old man whose body was found in a Walkford home has been named by police.

Detectives, who launched a murder investigation following the discovery in Heath Road on Tuesday night, confirmed this evening he was 35-year-old Edward Reeve.

A 16-year-old boy from Christchurch has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He is still helping detectives with their enquiries, a spokesperson for Dorset Police said.

Edward Reeve
Edward Reeve

Mr Reeve's body was found after officers received a report raising concern for the welfare of the occupant of 6 Heath Road. He had suffered "serious injuries".

Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of the Dorset Police Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “We are continuing to support Edward’s family and keep them updated with our investigation, which remains ongoing.

“I am appealing to anyone who knew Edward to please come forward as they may have important information to assist our investigation."

Forensics enter the house (picture: Andrew Matthews/PA)
Forensics enter the house (picture: Andrew Matthews/PA)

DI Huxter added: “Our appeal also still stands for residents and motorists in the area of Heath Road to please check any CCTV systems or dashcam footage from 1st January to 4th January and to report any suspicious activity they may have witnessed during this time period.

“Officers remain in the area carrying out enquiries and can be approached by members of the community with any information or concerns.”

Those with information, images or footage relevant to the investigation should submit them to https://mipp.police.uk/operation/55HQ21M75-PO1

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