Headless body is missing traveller

PUBLISHED: 17:25 16 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:10 26 October 2009

Traveller John Finney was snatched from his car in Northaw last month

Traveller John Finney was snatched from his car in Northaw last month

A HEADLESS and handless body found next to a garage block is that of kidnapped traveller John Finney. Although formal identification has not yet taken place, police today (Sunday) said they were confident it was the 42-year-old dad, who lived in Northaw.

A HEADLESS and handless body found next to a garage block is that of kidnapped traveller John Finney.

Although formal identification has not yet taken place, police today (Sunday) said they were confident it was the 42-year-old dad, who lived in Northaw.

A murder hunt was launched after the body was found by a member of the public near Icknield Close in Ickleford, near Hitchin, at about 4.40pm on Friday.

Mr Finney was snatched from his Mitsubishi Shogun that was found abandoned in Park Farm on Northaw Road West, on February 29.
 
A post-mortem examination today has been unable to determine a cause of death and further forensic tests will take place.
 
As officers continue extensive searches of both scenes, the detective leading the murder hunt made a plea to anyone with information to come forward.
 
Detective chief inspector Bill Jephson said: "This was a targeted attack and while investigations to trace those responsible are well under way, I would urge any witnesses to come forward.

"If you have any information about John's disappearance I would ask that you contact police.

"I am also appealing to people living in Ickleford or anyone who has passed through the area in the last two weeks and believes they have seen anything suspicious, or if they have any information to assist with our investigation, to contact the incident room.

"This is a very traumatic time for John's family, our thoughts are with them and we would ask that their privacy be respected at this time.

"I would also like to once again reassure the Ickleford community that this was not a random attack and that they should feel safe to continue their daily routine."

If you have information call the incident room on 01707 355666.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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