Skeletal remains investigation in Guernsey case is still continuing

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The Latvian national, who had links with a pro-Ukranian and anti-Russian movement, was found in his vehicle along with the remains of a shotgun, in woods in the south of the island.

Following the incident, Guernsey authorities called in specialists from the UK – including a Home Office pathologist – to carry out tests, and the results are not expected to be released until March.

Patrick Rice, head of law enforcement in Guernsey, said that the investigation was always going to be ‘lengthy and complex’.

‘While not appropriate to go into minute detail, the nature of the remains found in the burnt-out
car led us to request support from highly specialised experts to carry
out further detailed examinations to try and help determine the cause of death.

‘There are very few specialists of this nature, which meant we were very much in their hands in terms of timings. However, we considered it essential to wait for these findings to ensure we explored every legitimate line of inquiry.’

Mr Rice added that he was currently awaiting the final report from the UK Home Office pathologist, who will consider the findings from two experts in this field before finalising their report.

He added: ‘Our officers have concluded all lines of inquiry currently open to us, but we must wait for the final forensic report. We will provide more detail once that report has been received.’

The law enforcement head also moved to quash rumours that Mr Alps’ anti-Russian stance had played any part in his demise.

‘It is known that Mr Alps was a supporter of a pro-Ukrainian movement and had visited the country,’ he said.

‘We are aware that Mr Alps’ Facebook account has been active since his remains were found – it is not uncommon for people to share their social media log-in details with others.

‘Based on what we have established so far, there is no evidence linking Mr Alps’ activity in Ukraine with his remains being found in a burnt-out car in Guernsey.’

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