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Man who worked in university chemistry department found dead at his home

Benjamin Wright

Published 18/05/2016 | 20:44

Gary Coleman Credit: South Wales Police/PA Wire
Gary Coleman Credit: South Wales Police/PA Wire

Police have launched an appeal for information after a man who worked in a university's chemistry department was found dead at his home in mysterious circumstances.

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Detectives said Gary Coleman's body was discovered at his fourth-floor flat in Aquila House, Falcon Drive, Cardiff, just after 8pm on May 15.

Mr Coleman, 41 - who worked in the chemistry department at Cardiff University, was seen in the vicinity of Aquila House by a neighbour on Friday evening and was last spoken to by relatives on the telephone at 6.30pm on Saturday.

However, officers say what happened between then and his death currently remains a mystery.

Detective Superintendent Kath Pritchard said: "Gary Coleman's parents are being supported by family liaison officers at this very difficult time, while a team of detectives establish the circumstances of his death.

"As part of our investigation we are trying to piece together Gary's movements in the days leading up to his death, and we are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or spoken to him on Friday evening and any time over the weekend."

Superintendent Pritchard added that house-to-house enquires, as well as forensic tests and CCTV checks, were being carried out.

She said: "We believe that Gary spent a lot of time by himself and are keen to hear from any friends or acquaintances who can provide information on how Gary spent his time, his daily routine, any hobbies, and places he frequented.

"Any small piece of information may be relevant to our investigation."

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence number *176298, or directly to the investigation team on 02920 571 530.

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