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Dead doctor found in Old Buckenham was a skilled cancer researcher

PUBLISHED: 08:16 16 March 2016 | UPDATED: 08:16 16 March 2016

Nadeera De Silva was reported missing earlier this week. A body, believed to be his, was found off Doe Lane in Old Buckenham on Thursday morning. Archant/Google/Norfolk Constabulary

Nadeera De Silva was reported missing earlier this week. A body, believed to be his, was found off Doe Lane in Old Buckenham on Thursday morning. Archant/Google/Norfolk Constabulary

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A doctor whose body was found in a Norfolk village has been described as “a caring and skilled” oncologist.

The body of Dr Nadeera De Silva was discovered on a patch of land at Old Buckenham, near Attleborough, on Thursday after he had been reported missing.

Yesterday police confirmed his identity and said his death was not being treated as suspicious.

Dr De Silva, 34, who lived in Stacksford, near Old Buckenham, was a clinical researcher at the MRC Cancer Unit linked to the University of Cambridge.

On behalf of the cancer unit, a university spokesman said: “He was a caring and skilful oncologist and, in the third year of his PhD, was already making a great contribution to cancer research, investigating new methods for blood monitoring and treatment for cancer of the oesophagus.

“He was above all, a valued colleague and friend who had an open, kind and generous personality and a wonderful laugh. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

“He will be greatly missed.”

Do you want to pay tribute to Dr De Silva? Email anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk

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