Murder probe launched after man's body found in burning car

18 February 2019, 15:31 | Updated: 18 February 2019, 15:34

Blantyre car murder

A murder inquiry has been launched after the body of a man was found in a burning vehicle.

Police were called to a report of a car on fire in Greenhall Park in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, at about 7.55pm on Monday February 11.

The fire was extinguished and the body of 36-year-old Rafal Michal Lyko was found in the car.

Officers are now treating the incident as murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Davie Scott said: "We are issuing a photo of Rafal and are hoping that anyone who remembers seeing him will contact us.

"We have had a good response from our appeals to date, but we still need to piece together Rafal's last-known movements.

"He arrived at Edinburgh Airport on Saturday February 9 from his home in Poland.

"From there he travelled to the Tayside area to visit relatives.

"Officers are working hard to gather as much information on Rafal's death and work out where he then travelled to after that.

"We are keen to speak to anyone who has any knowledge of Rafal's movements after Saturday February 9.

"I would urge anyone who recognises Rafal, or who saw him after Saturday the 9th of February, to contact us.

"Any small piece of information on his movements or the car involved could be vital to our investigation."

The Mercedes GLE car he was found in is undergoing forensic examination.

Officers are also tracking it from when it was stolen from the Oxgangs Road area of Edinburgh on Thursday January 24 to when it was seen in South Lanarkshire on Monday February 11.

That morning, it was seen near East Kilbride town centre.

Detectives believe the vehicle was later in the Halfway area of Cambuslang before it was found on fire near Greenhall Park, Blantyre.