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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 March 2007, 06:37 GMT 07:37 UK
'No quick result' in Woolmer case
Bob Woolmer
Woolmer's body will remain in Jamaica until after an inquest
Police in Jamaica investigating the murder of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer have dismissed media reports that suspects have been identified.

Deputy police commissioner Mark Shields hit out at "totally wrong" reports and said speculation was unhelpful.

He said police were "nowhere near" naming names and emphasised that the probe was likely to take a long time.

Woolmer was found strangled in his hotel room after Pakistan's surprise World Cup loss to Ireland on 17 March.

CCTV footage

Mr Shields said the media speculation about the case was distressing to Woolmer's family.

He told journalists that there were many potential suspects and even more potential witnesses, and that gathering information would take time.

Pakistan cricket team at London's Heathrow airport
The Pakistan team are staying in London before returning home

Britain's Times newspaper said police were looking for three fans who, it said, were "close" to the Pakistani cricket team and who left Jamaica shortly after the murder.

The paper quoted Mr Shields as saying: "We are looking for them to eliminate them [from our inquiries]".

Bu Mr Shields said speculation in the British press that police were looking for specific suspects was "totally wrong".

Police are continuing to review CCTV footage of the hotel.

"We are going to do it properly, thoroughly and professionally and at the end of it it may be that we might, we might identify a suspect from that process," Mr Shields said.

Police were also examining the hard drive of Woolmer's computer for anything establishing a motive for the murder and investigating whether anyone could have used his card key to gain access.

Mr Shields said that so far police had found no reference to match-fixing on Woolmer's computer.

Possible links between the murder and allegations of match-fixing were being investigated by the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit, the police said earlier.

Nothing has been ruled out, although Mr Shields said it was unlikely a Jamaican had carried out the murder.

Detectives believe Woolmer probably knew his killer - or killers - as there were no signs of forced entry into his room and none of his belongings had been stolen.

Police examine CCTV tapes from Woolmer's hotel

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