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Widow's emotional plea to find killer

PUBLISHED: 07:49 13 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:00 22 October 2010

The heartbroken wife of a Lithuanian man whose body was found in a burning van flew into England yesterday to make an emotional plea for help in finding his killer.

The heartbroken wife of a Lithuanian man whose body was found in a burning van flew into England yesterday to make an emotional plea for help in finding his killer.

Speaking via an interpreter, Vylma Kigiene pleaded with the Lithuanian community in the Fens to come forward with any information that might help solve the murder of her 35-year-old husband Dainus Kigas.

Addressing the media, at Cambridgeshire police's headquarters in Huntingdon, Mrs Kigiene said: "Dainus will be greatly missed."

"He was the best husband, the best father to my children and was loved by all his family and friends.

"The circumstances surrounding his murder are devastating and I would like to appeal to the Lithuanian community to come forward and assist the investigation.

"I couldn't think of any reason why anyone would want to hurt him."

Mr Kigas's body was found in a burning Renault Traffic van in Turnpike Court, Wisbech, on Saturday, June 3.

Police believe the father-of-three had been sleeping in the van to prevent it from being stolen.

Det Chief Insp Jim Bambridge , who is leading the investigation, revealed a significant clue to the media at yesterday's press briefing.

A battered grey lighter, bearing the US coat of arms and the words American Legend was found in the burned-out van.

"I believe this lighter was used to start the fire which ultimately led to Dainus's death," he said.

"I want to hear from anyone, perhaps a friend of yours had a lighter like this, perhaps you've seen someone down the pub using a lighter like it.

"I believe this lighter holds vital clues as to who killed Dainus."

Police have produced special flyers printed in seven different languages, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Latvian, Russian, Czech, Polish and English which have been handed out to factories, pubs, shops and community centres across King's Lynn, Wisbech, Ely and South Lincolnshire.

Mr Kigas travelled to all these areas frequently through his job as a courier.

Police officers and interpreters are also visiting a number of factories in the Wisbech area and are talking to gangmasters and employees.

A 42-year-old Wisbech man has been questioned and released on police bail.

Anyone with information about the death of Mr Kigas is urged to call police on 0845 456 4564.


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