Murder investigation launched after body of man, 26, found in river

A murder investigation has been launched after a man’s body was found in a river in Carlisle.

Police recovered the body of Lee McKnight, 26, from the River Caldew in the Blackwell Hall area, near Cummersdale, at around 5.30am on Friday.

Cumbria Police said his family are being supported by specialist officers.

One man aged 25 and four women aged 25, 40, 46, and 47 have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody. Detectives are ‘urgently seeking’ a black Nissan Navara pick-up truck.

Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Slattery said: ‘We are requesting the assistance of the public as part of our murder investigation into the death of Lee McKnight.

‘A murder investigation has been launched, with a major investigation team led by Detective Superintendent David Stalker at Durranhill police station.

‘The investigators need to hear from anyone including friends and associates of Lee who might have seen him or have information on his movements on July 23 and 24, particularly in the Fusehill Street area.

‘Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Blackwell Hall area during this time should make contact with the incident room.

‘We are also urgently seeking a black Nissan Navara pick-up type vehicle, registration – DV15 TZD. Members of the public are asked not to approach the vehicle if it is sighted but to contact the police immediately.

‘Anyone with information or who may have CCTV, dashcam or any other means of footage of the Nissan vehicle or Lee’s movement particularly in the Blackwell Hall area in the early hours of the 24th July, please get in touch.’

Anyone with information should contact police by calling 101 and asking for the North Cumbria Crime and Safeguarding Team, quoting incident number 36 of July 24.

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