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Deaths of two men could be linked

Police investigating the discovery of two bodies in the same block of flats say there is a "strong possibility" the deaths could be linked.

Derbyshire Police also released a picture of the first man found dead in a bid to get more information about his movements, as his employers gave a touching tribute to him.

The body of 66-year-old John Matthews, known as Dave, was found in his flat in Waterford Drive, Chaddesden, Derby, by police at about 7.10pm last Sunday.

Officers broke into the flat after his employers at Darleys Restaurant in Derby, where he worked part-time as a kitchen porter, contacted them when he failed to show up for work.

After a post-mortem examination a murder probe was launched, and during further inquiries on Friday morning the body of a second man in his 50s was found in a flat in the same building.

Police said the death is being treated as suspicious but a post-mortem examination and formal identification are yet to take place.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill said: "Although a post-mortem examination has yet to be carried in respect of the second death, because of the circumstances there is a strong possibility the two deaths are linked."

Mr Cotterill said they had issued a photograph of Mr Matthews, who was last seen on Friday, July 9 at work, in a bid to build up a picture of his movements before he died.

"We would really like to piece together Mr Matthews's whereabouts between the last confirmed sighting of him and the point he was found dead," Mr Cotterill said.

A 47-year-old man from Derby was arrested on Friday by Cumbria Police in Whitehaven on suspicion of murder. He was transferred to Derbyshire and questioned throughout Saturday and remains in custody, police said.

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