Body found in Warlingham well identified as Polish national Damian Chlywka

Croydon Guardian: Damian Chlywka was a Polish national Damian Chlywka was a Polish national

The body of a man found in a well in Warlingham has been identified as Polish national Damian Chlywka.

Mr Chlywka, who was born in 1981, came to the UK in 2008.

His body was discovered in a well by two gardeners outside a cottage in Audley Drive, at about 1.50pm on November 15.

Two men, aged 41 and 33, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder, and were taken into custody at a south London police station. They have since been bailed by police.

Police believe Mr Chlywka’s body, which was bound before being placed in the well, had been there for about to years.

Specialist officers, including police divers, discovered Mr Chlywka’s had sustained injuries consistent with an assault, prior to being placed in the well.

A post-mortem that took place on Sunday, November 17, was inconclusive and further tests are being carried out to determine a cause of death.

Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons, who leads the investigation, said: "Damian had lived at various addresses across London including two known to be in the Croydon area. At one point he had lived at 11A Audley Drive.

"Our focus now is to build up a fuller picture of Damian's life in the UK.

"We have given the difficult and heartbreaking news to his family who are distraught that this has happened to their loved one.

"I am appealing to anyone who knew or previously worked with him to contact the police and help us to piece together a picture of Damian's life and how it came to end in these distressing circumstances."

Officers initially arrested seven men aged between 21 and 27 on suspicion of murder-they were interviewed and have subsequently been released on bail until a date in late December.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4961 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Did you know Damian Chlywka? Email reporter Hannah Williamson


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