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Wednesday, 5 December, 2001, 17:57 GMT
Detectives retrace dead man's steps
Britannia Bridge, Anglesey
The body was found at the foot of Britannia Bridge
Police officers investigating the murder of an Anglesey pensioner are examining the final movements of a man whose body was found half a mile from the murder scene.

Mabel Leyshon, 90, was found brutally stabbed 11 days ago at her bungalow on the island.

On Tuesday, the body of a man was found on the banks of the Menai Straits below the Britannia Bridge.
Mabel Leyshon
Mabel Leyshon : 'Frenzied attack'

Officers say there is no evidence as yet to connect the two incidents.

But a North Wales Police spokesman said detectives were now looking closely at the movements of 37-year-old David Glyn Griffiths, from Gaerwen during the weekend Mrs Leyshon was murdered.

A post mortem examination revealed that the 37-year-old - who is thought to have set himself alight before jumping from the bridge - died from smoke inhalation and multiple injuries.

A second man's body was also discovered on Anglesey on Tuesday, 20 miles from Britannia Bridge at Aberffraw, but initial examination has ruled out any connection with the other deaths.

Mr Griffiths' body was spotted on the shore near the water's edge by a member of the public walking in the area.

Officers said there seems to be evidence of a fire found near where he was lying.

Police are now investigating any possible link with the stabbing of Mrs Leyshon at her home in the nearby town of Llanfairpwll.

A spolice pokesman said: "At this stage there is nothing directly to link this death to the death of Mabel Leyshon.

"But due to the close proximity of the finding of the body to the murder, police are obviously checking on Mr Griffiths' background and his movements during the period in question."

A number of detectives involved in the murder investigation were deployed to the Britannia Bridge on Tuesday.
Police patrols at Llanfairpwll on Anglesey
Police launched a fresh witness appeal last weekend

Detectives believe Mrs Leyshon was attacked sometime between 1430 GMT last Saturday - when she took a phone call from a friend - and lunchtime on Sunday.

At the weekend, officers questioned pedestrians and motorists in the area of Mrs Leyshon's home at Lon Pant last Sunday in a bid to jog people's memories.

A spokesman said officers were pleased by the "positive leads" they have received.

Criminal psychologist

Officers believe whoever carried out the "callous and brutal" attack would have been heavily bloostained.

They are still anxious to trace the driver of a light-coloured - possibly blue - van which was seen parked in Ms Leyshon's driveway in the days before her death.

Despite repeated appeals, the owner of the van has failed to come forward.

Detectives had already enlisted the help of the national crime faculty and a criminal psychologist to create a profile of Ms Leyshon's attacker.

Meanwhile, officers continue to search for the murder weapon, which they describe as "some kind of bladed weapon".

Anyone with information should contact North Wales Police on 01286 684868.

BBC Wales's Colette Hume
"Officers have been carrying out a search of the dead man's home"
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