Pictured: A father, 29, whose body was found dumped in the countryside as detectives chased his killers
Pictured: A father, 29, whose body was found dumped in the countryside as murder detectives track down his killers
- Rhys Thompson, 29, was found dead on earth in Rishworth, Calderdale on May 14
- Greater Manchester Police and West Yorkshire Police have launched murder investigation
- Autopsy found Rhys died of serious gunshot wounds
- Police believe death could be linked to unrest in Manchester hours earlier
- Four men were arrested and have since been released under investigation
Pictured: Rhys Thompson, found dead in Calderdale last Friday, has sparked a murder investigation
The heartbroken family of a young man whose body was found dumped in the Calderdale countryside have paid tribute to their ‘beloved’ son.
Rhys Thompson, 29, was found dead last Friday, May 14, ashore in Rishworth at around 6:40 a.m.
Greater Manchester Police and West Yorkshire Police have opened a murder investigation and GMP detectives have so far arrested four men.
The suspects have since been released under investigation.
Rhys’ family, who are supported by specially trained officers, paid tribute today, describing him as having ‘the biggest heart’.
In a statement, they said: ‘Our beloved son Rhys Thompson was everything to us. A sweet, funny and warm man, a fantastic brother, a devoted father, a loving boyfriend and a respectful loyal friend.
“ Rhys had the biggest heart and loved his family and friends very much. He would always help when he could, he was a beautiful soul. We all miss him terribly; he didn’t deserve to be caught so soon.
“We are heartbroken; his loss will change our lives forever. We cannot imagine a future without it.
Rhys died of a serious head injury believed to have been caused by a weapon.
The investigation is being carried out by GMP’s Major Incidents team, with the main line of investigation focused on a ‘disturbance’ that occurred at 3:40 a.m. in Crumpsall, Greater Manchester on the same day as the body of Rhys has been discovered.
Rhys, who was from Moss Side, and three friends are believed to have been involved in a disturbance with another group of men before his body was found three hours later.
Police forensic investigators at the scene where Rhys Thompson’s body was found last Friday
An autopsy established that he died of serious head injuries from a gun, and that this likely occurred in the Greater Manchester area.
Detectives said extensive investigations, including a careful CCTV review, were underway and a dedicated incident portal had been created for anyone with information, images or video content to download as part of the process. of the investigation.
Investigators are particularly interested to hear from anyone who saw or heard a disturbance in the Crumpsall area or near Pike End Road in Rishworth in the wee hours of Friday morning.
Superintendent Helen Critchley, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: ‘This is a very complex investigation that involves detectives pursuing multiple leads and we are making sure we do everything we can to get answers for Rhys’ family.
‘It is absolutely essential that anyone with any information contact the police, especially members of the public in the Crumpsall area who may have heard unrest in the wee hours of Friday morning.
This is believed to have relevant links to the ultimate discovery of Rhys’ body hours later in Rishworth.
“There has been an increase in police presence in the Moss Side and Crumpsall areas since this fatal attack and this will continue to take place to reassure the community.
‘All our thoughts are with Rhys’ family at this extremely difficult time and we are doing everything possible to get them answers about how their loved one was so tragically taken from them. ”
Anyone with information should contact the police on 0161 856 4815 citing Operation Linnett.
Details can also be forwarded to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.