The police are appealing for help in tracing the movements of a man whose body was found at a property on City Road in St Paul’s shortly before midday on Sunday 26 November.

Officers from Avon and Somerset’s Major Crime Investigation Team have launched a murder inquiry after a post mortem examination showed the man, who they believe to be 43-year-old Dean Sawyer, had been the victim of a serious assault.

I know Dean’s family have been informed and trained officers are offering support to his family. This is a dreadful incident and I send them my heartfelt condolences and sympathies.

As part of their investigation the police are keen to talk to anyone who knew Dean and who may have seen him recently, or have information about his recent activities – however insignificant you think it might be. I urge anyone with any information to contact the Major Crime Investigation Team on 101 and quote reference number 5217271092.

If you don’t want to speak to the police, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They don’t ask for your name and they never trace your call. You can also visit

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