South East Wales

Mystery surrounds body dumped near Welsh golf course

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Media captionDet Ch Insp Ceri Hughes (right) wants to trace those who know about how Tinh Van Tran died

Mystery surrounds the death of a Vietnamese man whose body was found near a Cynon Valley golf club, as an appeal was launched to find his family.

Tinh Van Tran, 41, was discovered fully clothed, lying on his back and covered with a coat by a member of the public a week ago near Whitehall Golf Club.

Detectives believe he died elsewhere and his body was dumped.

South Wales Police is investigating possible links Mr Tinh had with criminal gangs or drugs.

His family is believed to be in Vietnam.

At a press conference in Tuesday, Det Ch Insp Ceri Hughes said: "Tinh Van Tran's body was found fully clothed, he was lying on his back in an area where I believe it is likely that he did not actually die and that he may have been placed there by other individuals who know more about how he came to die and who placed a coat over him."

Mr Tinh was 5ft 5in (1.6 m) and wearing a black puffa-style jacket, striped polo shirt, grey tracksuit bottoms, and white Adidas trainers when he was found.

Detectives are treating his death as unexplained.

Forensic tests are being carried out.

The force said three cars and a van were spotted near the area at different times ahead of the discovery:

  • Two vehicles - a red car and white van - were seen near to where the body was found
  • A silver Fiat - possibly a Punto - was seen parked on common land beneath a pylon near Lechwyn Hall, which drove away after being seen by a man jogging through the area at around 17:00 GMT
  • At around 11:30 GMT a dark Volkswagen transporter was spotted parked at the junction between the A4054 and the road off it where the body was found, which leads to Whitehall golf club

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