A man’s body found in water in Grays earlier this month has been formally identified as Valentin Kachanov.
The 27-year-old went missing from his home in West Thurrock on Friday, February 8. He was sadly found deceased in a river near Wouldham Road on Tuesday, May 7.
Formal identification has taken place and his family have been informed.
The results of a post mortem examination were inconclusive, and further tests will be carried out. However, it found no obvious indication of third party involvement.
Enquiries are continuing to try and fully understand the circumstances as to how Mr Kachanov came to be in the water.
A 22-year-old man from Grays who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been released under investigation while those enquiries continue.
We have arrested a man in connection with our ongoing investigation into the disappearance of 27-year-old Valentin Kachanov from West Thurrock.
The 22-year-old man from Grays was arrested on Monday 29 April on suspicion of murder and released on bail until Thursday 23 May
Valentin was last seen on Friday 8 February and was at the intu Lakeside shopping centre at 10am.
Enquiries remain ongoing to establish his movements after this point. He was last in contact with his family in Bulgaria via a phone call at 7.40pm.
He has not been in contact with anyone since.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore said: “It is absolutely out of character for Valentin to not contact his family for such a long period of time and although I remain open minded I am now treating his disappearance as a murder enquiry.
“We’re continuing to try and build a picture of the circumstances and reasons for his disappearance, and are carrying out extensive enquiries to help us find out what has happened to him.
“Clearly, we and his family are extremely concerned and we continue to ask for anyone with information to get in touch, as the smallest piece of information could be vital.”
We are also keen to speak to anyone with dash cam or CCTV footage taken on London Road between 6pm and 9pm on the evening of Friday 8 February.
Call the North Major Crime team on 101 or email [email protected]
Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org