Appeal for information after body found by Thames in Northfleet
DETECTIVES investigating the discovery of a man's body by the River Thames in Northfleet earlier this month have renewed their appeal for information.
The body – now formally identified as that of Barrie Buxton from Northfleet – was found on the afternoon of May 16 on a small beach at a jetty backing onto The Shore.
Before his death Mr Buxton was regularly seen using the local bus to travel from the Hive to Gravesend or Swanscombe, and officers from Kent Police hope someone may be able to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the 69-year-old's death.
Detective Inspector Ivan Beasley, from Kent Police's North and Medway division said: "We are trying to build a picture of Mr Buxton's movements in the days leading to his death.
"Anyone who may have seen him on Tuesday, May 15, or the morning of Wednesday, May 16, please contact us.
"The death is not being treated as suspicious but we are continuing our investigations in order to establish exactly what happened. It is also important Mr Buxton's family have a clear picture as to the circumstances leading to his death."
Mr Buxton was of stocky build, approximately 5ft 9in, with medium length grey hair and was wearing a royal blue cotton shirt, a navy blue cardigan, a brown jacket, grey trousers and brown shoes.
He always wore a tie and used a walking stick.
Anyone who may have seen Mr Buxton or has information which may help with the investigation into his death should contact Kent Police on 101 quoting reference KP-20120516-0780.