A man who died in Harlow yesterday was killed by a single stab wound to the chest a forensic post mortem has revealed.
The victim believed to be a 48-year-old man from the town was attacked close to Holly Field on a pathway that leads from Southern Way to Pyenest Road.
Police had been alerted by the Ambulance Service shortly after 10.45am yesterday that he had been found collapsed on the pathway.
Detective Chief Inspector Marina Ericson, of the Serious Crime Directorate, said: “The cause of death has been established but we are still searching for the murder weapon which is thought to be a large knife.
“It is quite possible this has been discarded nearby and I would ask people to check their bins, gardens, outbuildings for any knives that have been left and I would also ask members of the public out and about in Harlow to report any such finds to us.
“I am also very keen to get hold of any CCTV from either businesses or private premises which overlook Pyenest Road, Holly Field, Abercrombie Way and Southern Way from yesterday morning which may have captured either our victim or the person or people responsible for this awful crime.
“The cordon at the scene of this murder remains in place and we have specialist search teams at the location today who will be carrying out a finger-tip examination along the pathway and surrounding area including the nearby playing fields.
“We will remain at the scene for some time and there will also be uniformed officers in the area, and anyone with information or seeking reassurance can speak to them.
“If anyone has any other information which could help us make an arrest or piece together the full picture of what happened then I would ask them to call Harlow Major Incident Team on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. It offers rewards of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of offenders.