£5,000 reward offered for murder investigation

PUBLISHED: 15:53 31 August 2006 | UPDATED: 19:47 01 June 2010

Dainius Kigas

Dainius Kigas

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Dainius Kigas in Wisbech two months ago are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those directly responsible for his death. Officers hope the £5,000 reward will encourage anyone wh

Do you recognise this lighter?

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Dainius Kigas in Wisbech two months ago are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those directly responsible for his death.

Officers hope the £5,000 reward will encourage anyone who knows who set fire to Mr Kigas's van while he slept inside it to come forward.

Detective Inspector Nick Hunt, said: "We have taken the unusual step of offering a reward for information in the hope that it may persuade someone with that vital clue to call and tell us what they know."

The reward will only be given for information that leads directly to the arrest and conviction of those directly responsible for Dainius Kigas's death on Saturday, June 3.

Do you recognise this lighter?

Officers will be handing out flyers detailing the reward information in Lithuanian in and around the Wisbech area.

Detectives are also still waiting to hear from a Lithuanian man and woman believed to have seen Mr Kigas in the days before his body was discovered in a burnt out Renault Traffic van in Turnpike Court, Wisbech.

Alina Mecislavskiene was taken to Spalding in Lincolnshire by Mr Kigas on the afternoon of June 2. She also travelled from Lithuania to the UK with Mr Kigas some time before his death. Vytautas Zutautas is known to have travelled from Lithuania with Mr Kigas and is now believed to be in the London area.

Det Insp Hunt reiterated his appeal for the pair to come forward. He said:

Do you recognise this lighter?

"Alina Mecislavskiene and Vytautas Zutautas are not suspects in any way, but in seeing Mr Kigas in the days before he died, they may have information that could be helpful to our investigation.

"We will provide an interpreter for anyone who wishes to speak to us or tell us something they think may help our investigation. A dedicated phone line - 01354 606562 - is also available for people to leave messages on in confidence.

"We want justice for Dainius Kigas and his family. If you can help us, please get in touch. We are trusting in you to do the right thing, please trust us to treat your information in confidence and with sensitivity, respect and integrity."

Detectives have also released pictures of the van in which Mr Kigas's body was found and a lighter discovered at the scene of Mr Kigas's murder.

Officers are still appealing for anyone who saw the van in the Wisbech area on Friday, June 2 or Saturday, June 3, or who may recognise the lighter, which is refillable and emblazoned with the words 'American Legend' and the American coat of arms, to get in touch.

Hundreds of flyers in seven different languages, including Lithuanian and Russian, have also been handed out by officers in Wisbech, King's Lynn, Ely and Peterborough in an effort to find out who killed Dainus Kigas.

Anyone with information should contact the Operation Horsford investigation team on 0845 456 456 4, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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