Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Man dead in Chilworth burning car named as Agim Hoxha

Agim Hoxha
Image caption Police are looking for a second car belonging to Agim Hoxha

A man whose body was found in the back of a burning car near Southampton has been named.

Agim Hoxha, a 29-year-old crane driver, was discovered by emergency services inside a silver Mercedes in Chilworth Drove, Chilworth, last Tuesday.

The car belonged to Mr Hoxha, from Cranbury Place, Southampton, who police believe was dead before the fire began.

Detectives are treating the death as murder and are searching for a Ford Mondeo, which also belonged to him.

Hampshire Police are keen to trace the Mercedes C200 CDI's movements in the days before Mr Hoxha's death.

Anyone who may have seen the car with the registration BW53 FZH over the Easter weekend is asked to contact them.

'Horrendous crime'

Det Ch Insp Rachel Farrell said: "Agim also owned a grey Ford Mondeo Zetec TDCI with the registration HY58 HYL.

Image caption Police are tracing a second car belonging to Agim Hoxha similar to this Ford Mondeo

"I believe this has probably been parked in a street in Southampton somewhere. I am asking people to look out for it and to call my team if they see it or know where it is.

"It may help us solve this horrendous crime."

Two men have been arrested in connection with the death. A 23-year-old arrested last week in Birmingham has been released without charge.

A 36-year-old man was arrested on Sunday in Southampton.

Magistrates granted an extension to his time in custody until shortly after 17:00 BST on Wednesday.

In a statement, Mr Hoxha's family said: "Losing him has left a big hole in our family and he will be sorely missed."

He was originally from Albania and had lived in the UK for 12 years working on building sites around Southampton and London.

Described as "a good and hard worker", he also enjoyed going to the gym and playing Sunday league football.

His family added: "He did not deserve anything like this to happen to him and we cannot understand why someone would do this."

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