08:00 Tuesday 14 May 2013

Cops piece together river death man's final moments

Written byMARK MCKAY

DETECTIVES have been piecing together the final movements of Joe Whiteside, whose body was pulled from the River Trent last week.

Officers from Burton CID have been pouring over footage from CCTV and interviewing witnesses who had spoken to or seen the 20-year-old (pictured) shortly before his death.

Police were also waiting on the results from Mr Whiteside’s post-mortem examination, which was carried out yesterday afternoon.

Mr Whiteside’s body was retrieved from the river, near Meadow Road, off Burton Bridge, on Friday evening.

Inspector Paul Downing told the Mail a dedicated team of four detectives were piecing together the puzzle of Mr Whiteside’s death, which is not thought to be suspicious.

He said: “There was a lot of work done by detectives over the weekend to determine his final movements and we are satisfied there was nothing suspicious about it.

“We are trying to find the last person to see him alive so we have been speaking to a lot of people."

Insp Downing said the detectives have spotted Mr Whiteside on CCTV.

He said: “We are also looking at his movements on CCTV, looking at transactions in his bank account and whether he made any mobile phone calls.

“We will then plot these on a timeline to establish his final movements.

“The main thing is that nothing appears suspicious – unless the post-mortem examination comes out with something we are unaware of.

“The only thing we won’t get back straight away is any results of toxicology tests which are carried out.”

According to Mr Whiteside’s Facebook page, he attended the Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College and the Burton and South Derbyshire College, which he left in 2012.

His father declined to comment when approached by the Mail.

Police are still appealing for anyone who saw Mr Whiteside in the days before he died to call Insp Downing or Detective Sergeant Ian Fitzgerald of Burton CID on 101. Callers should quote incident number 582 of May 10.

Alternatively witnesses can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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