South East Wales

Tribute to Ian Hamilton, found dead near Pontllanfraith

Ian Hamilton
Image caption Ian Hamilton was a keen runner and enjoyed keeping fit, say his family

The family of a man, whose body was found by a roadside in the south Wales valleys have paid tribute.

Ian Hamilton, 27, from Bristol, was described as a "loving, outgoing person".

His body was discovered near Pontllanfraith in Caerphilly county early on Sunday.

He was seen walking from Blackwood bus station and it is known he walked along Penmaen Road towards Oakdale.

A statement from his parents and extended family, who lived in the Gwent force area, said his brothers, girlfriend and grandfather would remember him as someone who lived life to the full.

"He was kind and generous and enjoyed keeping fit and was well known for his running," they said.

"Although living in Bristol, Ian kept in contact with us and it gives us some comfort at this sad time that we spent the evening with Ian prior to this tragedy."

Detectives have examined CCTV footage and conducted house-to-house inquiries.

Anyone in the area between 0200 and 0400 BST, who may have seen something significant, is asked to contact 101.

Gwent Police said: "Officers are continuing to support Mr Hamilton's family at this difficult time and are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr Hamilton's death which is unexplained at this time."

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