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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 April 2007, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
Woolmer's body to be flown home
Bob Woolmer
Woolmer was found dead more than a month ago
The body of murdered Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer is being returned to his family in South Africa, police say.

Investigators will also travel to Cape Town early next month as part of continuing inquiries, they say.

Jamaica's deputy police commissioner, Mark Shields, has said investigators no longer require Mr Woolmer's body.

The 58-year-old Englishman was found dead in his Jamaican hotel room the day after Pakistan had been knocked out of the cricket World Cup.

A casket containing Mr Woolmer's body will be flown to Cape Town on Thursday, police say, after leaving Kingston at around 1100 local time (1600 GMT).

"The body will be repatriated today and a team from the Jamaican constabulary will be going to South Africa in early May," police spokesman Karl Angell said.

An inquest into Mr Woolmer's death, which was due to have started on Monday, has been postponed indefinitely after what the justice ministry called "significant developments".

Cause of death

A post-mortem examination revealed that Mr Woolmer had been strangled.

Police have also received the results of toxicology tests on the body, but these have not been made public.

Media reports say that the former England player was poisoned and then strangled, but police have not confirmed that a toxic substance was used in the murder.

Mr Shields has said he plans to fly to South Africa to meet Mr Woolmer's widow, Gill, around the first week of May.

"It is critical for us that we speak to Gill Woolmer in order for us to be better able to solve the case," Mr Shields recently told a local radio station.




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