Murder team to head to Lithuania

Detectives are set to fly to Lithuania early in the New Year, as part of their bid to catch the killers of a man who died after the van in which he was sleeping was set alight.

Detectives are set to fly to Lithuania early in the New Year, as part of their bid to catch the killers of a man who died after the van in which he was sleeping was set alight.

The planned trip is the latest phase in the murder inquiry into the death of Lithuanian Dainus Kigas, 35.

The body of the married father-of-three was discovered in his van in Wisbech on Saturday, June 3.

Detectives had planned to carry out their European trip a few weeks ago, but it was put back for various reasons.

However Det Chief Insp Jim Bambridge, said work was now under way for detectives to fly to Lithuania.

He said: "We are in consultation with our colleagues in Lithuania and we are planning to travel to the country in the New Year."

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The purpose of the visit will be to look in to the background of the victim and his business links and talk to family, friends, business associates and former employees to build a better picture of Mr Kigas's life.

The trip is just one of a number of initiatives planned for the murder inquiry which has now moved past the six-month mark.

As reported in the EDP, detectives investigating Mr Kigas's murder are also set to appear on Crimewatch.

The team have been in discussions with programme-makers and are set to make a TV appeal for information.

Mr Bambridge said he hoped the appeal would reach out to a wider audience and encourage people who may be from outside the area, but who knew Mr Kigas, to come forward.

Earlier this month, officers carried out a leaflet drop in Wisbech in the hope that new witnesses may come forward.

The leaflet, which is produced in Lithuanian and other languages, contained details of a £5,000 reward for information.

Mr Kigas travelled to the area frequently through his job as a courier. His burned body was found in a Renault Trafic van in Turnpike Road.

A dedicated phone line is still in use and an interpreter is available.

The dedicated phone line is 01354 606562 or those with information can also call the Operation Horsford team on 0845 4564564.