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24 November 2012, 08:15
More forensic tests are going to be carried out on human bones found on a burnt-out houseboat in Oxford a week ago.
At around 11pm on Friday (16/11) Thames Valley Police were called when a boat moored on the canal near to the Peartree Roundabout was reported to have been on fire.
Remains of a body were found on-board and police have been trying to establish the identity of that person.
A post-mortem examination was carried out (23/11) at the John Radcliffe Hospital but has failed to identify the person.
Detective Inspector Mike Lynch, leading the investigation, said: "We have been working hard to positively identify the person involved. We have so far established the human remains were from the body of an adult male."
"We have been unable to positively identify this male at this time, and we need to perform further forensic investigations which will continue next week."
The owner of the boat was earlier this week named as 49-year-old Kevin Pryor. Police are asking anyone with information on Mr Pryor’s movements in the past few weeks to get in touch.