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Tinh Van Tran photo released to assist search for family

South Wales Police officers investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Tinh Van Tran, whose body was discovered on common land in Abercynon last week, have sourced and released a photograph of him.

Tinh Van Tran
They hope it will assist them with their enquiries – a priority being to trace the next of kin for the 41 year-old man.
His deceased body was found by a member of the public along a road which leads off the A4054 towards Whitehall Golf Course on Tuesday, 2 December.
Tinh Van Tran, who was 5ft 5, was wearing a black puffa jacket, dark and light grey striped polo shirt, grey tracksuit bottoms, black socks, white Adidas trainers and a brown and black check scarf when he was found.
Police await further tests before they can determine the cause of his death.
Believing there to be a strong chance that the man’s family are in Vietnam, officers will be making contact with media in the region to extend their appeal. His family are advised to make contact with their local police force or the British Embassy in Vietnam for assistance, or they can contact the incident room directly on 02920 571 530 or email directly.
Enquiries carried out also lead officers to believe he may have links to Vietnamese communities in London or Birmingham.
Detective Chief Inspector Ceri Hughes, said:

“We have managed to source a picture of Tinh Van Tran – it is important for our investigation that people are able to put a face to a name. This will hopefully help us to identify the man’s family who we believe are in Vietnam, and we hope they will be able to tell us what he was doing here in south Wales. We are still appealing for anybody who may have known him or who thinks they saw him to come forward.
“Tinh Van Tran was discovered fully clothed – a coat had been carefully placed over his top half. There was no effort to conceal his body which had been laid just off the road. We do not believe he died at that location, and think that those who put him there wanted him to be found. I would like to make a direct appeal for those involved to come forward, using the anonymous Crimestoppers number if they prefer.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact an incident room which has been set up on 02920 571 530 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.