Berkshire

Uzbekistan national Bobir Esanov named as Reading murder victim

A 36-year-old man who was found dead in Reading was an Uzbekistan national living in the town, police have said.

Bobir Esanov, known as Bob, was discovered at a property on London Road in the early hours of 27 December.

A 36-year-old Reading man arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed until 2 February.

The death was initially treated as unexplained but a murder investigation was launched after post-mortem tests, police said.

Further tests are due to be carried out to determine the cause of death, which is not yet known, the force added.

Det Ch Insp Simon Steel, of Thames Valley Police, said Mr Esanov's family were "desperate to find out what happened to him" and appealed for anyone with information to come forward "no matter how insignificant you think it might be".

He said news of the death had been "very shocking" for the local community, but described it as "an isolated incident".

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