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Police still investigating how man died in hay bale blaze (Update 2)

Investigators at the scene of the blaze on night of June 9

Police on Monday said they were investigating all possibilities after the charred body of a man was found in a hay bale near the village of Kivisili in the Larnaca district on Sunday afternoon.

The body was found by the fire service when it was called in to put out a blaze in the area of Kiti.

It was earlier reported that police had ruled out criminal activity as the cause of death, but the police chief said though some indications suggested otherwise full results had yet to be completed.

Police chief Kypros Michaelides stressed that conclusions should not be jumped to until investigations have been completed.

“All possibilities are being investigated. There might be some indications but we are investigating the case with the due seriousness in an effort to establish what exactly had happened,” Michaelides said.

In statements on Sunday, Larnaca police spokesman Charalambos Zachariou said that shortly after 6pm the fire services responded to a fire in the Kition area and while extinguishing the blaze found the charred corpse in a hay bale.

A passer-by had alerted the fire services and police to the fire and the presence of a dead body.

Initial reports suggested he may have been tied up.

An examination of the body was carried out by state pathologists Sophocles Sophocleous, Nicholas Charalambous and Orthodoxos Orthodoxou in the evening in Larnaca, during which the possibility of a criminal act was ruled out.

On Monday morning a post mortem was inconclusive regarding the cause of death and failed to reveal the identity of the dead person.


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