Lincoln bedsit murder victim named as Vasilijs Ransevs

Vasilijs Ransevs Mr Ransevs was originally from Latvia

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A murder victim found with a head injury in his bedsit was a Latvian man who worked in the agricultural industry, police have said.

Vasilijs Ransevs had lived in Lincoln for about two years, and in Peterborough prior to that.

Officers recovered the 33-year-old's body after they were called to Portland Street at 11:50 BST on 16 June.

Police said a friend found him dead in the bedsit, and he had been last seen alive on 14 June.

Det Supt Stuart Morrison said: "A friend of Mr Ransevs called at his flat to visit him and found him dead in the kitchen of the property.

"The post-mortem shows that Mr Ransevs died of a head injury."

Police have asked people to contact them if they saw suspicious activity on the street between 12 June and the morning his body was found.

Relationship 'unknown'

Officers also want to build up a picture of Mr Ransevs' life and have asked anyone who knew him to contact them.

Mr Morrison said: "He had been working via employment agencies on the land, processing work, that kind of stuff."

He added that Mr Ransevs had friends in Lincoln but not a "wide circle" of friends.

Police have traced his mother, who still lives in Latvia, and his sister, who lives in the Ukraine.

"Any relationship Mr Ransevs had with his attacker is unknown at the moment," said Mr Morrison.

"In the next days and weeks we shall be piecing together all that picture and finding out what the relationship was, if any."

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