Police need information about last days of Fishponds man whose body was found by dog walker

October 05 2020
Police need information about last days of Fishponds man whose body was found by dog walker

DETECTIVES are appealing for information about the last movements of a man living in Fishponds whose body was found by a dog walker in Avonmouth.

Hashim Awad’s body was found lying in water off Boundary Road on March 8 this year.

A murder inquiry was initially launched but the 20-year-old warehouse worker’s death was later found not to be suspicious, after a post-mortem examination found no evidence of any injuries.

However police still need to help to "build a picture" of what happened in Hashim's final days.

They are making enquiries on behalf of the coroner for the inquest into his death, but say they also want to "help provide answers to his family ".

Officers believe he died at the end of January, more than five weeks before his body was discovered.

Detective Sergeant Steve Black said: “Since Hashim was identified we’ve been working hard to understand what was happening in his life in the days and weeks before he died.

We know he was working at a number of warehouses in the Avonmouth area until December last year, while we also know he was renting a room in a shared house in the Fishponds area of Bristol at the time.

We have established he took a taxi from this house on Wednesday, 29 January to Avonmouth and we believe that was the day he died.

Having spoken to his housemates, it’s clear he wasn’t staying in the property throughout January while his possessions had also been removed from the house when officers searched it.

In order to provide the coroner with all the evidence they need ahead of Hashim’s inquest, we need to understand what he was doing and where he was living throughout January.

Was he renting somewhere other than his shared house in Fishponds? Was he staying in a hotel or sleeping rough?

Was he working, and if so, where?

We also haven’t recovered Hashim’s mobile phone, which we suspect may be in the Avonmouth area where he was found.

A thorough search was carried out after his body was discovered but the phone has not been found.

If you have come across a mobile phone in the Boundary Road area of Avonmouth at any time since 29 January we’d be keen to hear from you.

We’d also like to hear from anyone who has any other information about Hashim which could help provide answers to his family.

"Even if you think it is insignificant please don’t hesitate to tell us, it could be the difference between knowing what led to Hashim’s death and not.”

Anyone with information is asked to submit it via the Major Incident Public Portal.