The Unsolved Murder of Aivaras Danilevicius
Case File Overview
The remains were wrapped in a blanket and garbage bags. The deceased male was wearing a Turkish blue and white striped sweater.
Sweater worn by the unidentified murder victim
The autopsy revealed that the victim was murdered late summer 2004. After the victim was killed, his body was concealed in the ditch along Hawthorn Lane. The autopsy determined that the cause of death was likely blunt force trauma to the head.
DNA identified the murder victim as Aivaras Danilevicius. Aivaras was Lithuanian and arrived in the UK in 1996. He lived in London and was a part of the city’s gay community.
Aivaras Danilevicius’ murder remains unsolved.
Case File Theories
There is no doubt that Aivaras was murdered. But was he murdered by a stranger or by someone he knew? The years his body spent decomposing didn’t help with the investigation. Most of the useful forensic evidence was lost. If I had to guess, I’d say that Aivaras was murdered by someone he knew. He was wrapped in a blanket and garbage bags, indicating that he may’ve been murdered in someone’s home. And it’s not likely that he’d be in the home of a stranger. Although less probable, I suppose he could’ve been kidnapped by a stranger and murdered.
Who do you think murdered Aivaras?
The authorities would like to talk to anyone who knew Aivaras. They also ask that members of the gay community in London come forward with information.
Aivaras’ family is desperate to find out what happened to their loved one. They remain in touch with the police, seeking answers.
Thames Valley Police asks that anyone who knew Aivaras contact them to help with the murder investigation.
Please help Aivaras’ family attain some sense of closure. If you knew Aivaras or have any information about his murder please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“Dundee scientist rebuilds face of murder victim” – Evening Telegraph article
“Warfield ditch body identified after 12 years” – BBC News article
Bracknell Body – BBC One Crimewatch TV show