Detectives investigating the murder of Liam Hill say they are frustrated by a lack of information from the public.
CCTV footage of the 44 year-old walking in Rhyl town centre has been released in their latest appeal, nearly three weeks since his body was found at a flat on West Parade.
Mr Hill was seen walking on Bodfor Street between 3.15pm and 3.30pm on Wednesday 6th January – he was wearing a dark blue ‘Columbia’ embossed jacket and black denim jeans.
Later that evening, he went to Bar Bow on Water Street, which was screening the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi final between Everton and Manchester City. It’s believed he was last seen collecting a takeaway from Asha’s Indian restaurant on Wellington Road on the evening of Thursday 7th January.
Tonight, officers working on Operation Panatella said they were concerned that the community thought Mr Hill’s injuries may have been caused accidentally – but a post mortem examination revealed he had suffered severe injuries to the head, lower and upper body, suggesting he was the victim of a sustained and deliberate attack.
Superintendent Mark Pierce, an area commander at St Asaph police station, said: ”This is a murder enquiry and we need the local community and public to come forward and help identify who is responsible. Whilst there may be some within the community who did not witness any act of violence we still need help to piece together Mr Hill’s movements and whereabouts in the two days leading up to the discovery of his body on the Friday 8th January…I’m also convinced that some within the community will have discussed what happened to Mr Hill and who may be responsible. Have you heard anything, can you help us solve this investigation and permit Liam’s family to see justice is served?”
Forensic experts visited Bar Bow last Friday as part of the investigation but no arrests were made. North Wales Police said they hoped tonight’s second leg of the cup semi final would help jog the memories of both football fans and fellow drinkers. A new poster has also been released in their ongoing campaign to find witnesses.
Anyone with information should contact the St Asaph incident room on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and quote Operation Panatella. Alternatively, contact the police control room via the live web chat.