Grieving relatives have paid tribute to a man who was found on a street with a ‘potentially dangerous’ substance on his body.
Liam Smith’s body was discovered in a residential street around 7pm on Thursday in Shevington, a suburb of Wigan, Greater Manchester.
In a brief statement released by Greater Manchester Police, his family said: ‘Liam was good, funny, the life and soul of the party. He was the most devoted father, the most loved son, brother, grandson and uncle. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. »
His family has requested privacy while they mourn.
A Home Office autopsy was performed. No further information about the substances or the autopsy has been released by police.
Detective Superintendent Alan Clitherow told reporters at a press conference at the scene on Friday: “It’s a difficult set of circumstances, we have dedicated officers from the Major Incident Team, obviously less than 24 hours after the start of the investigation, we are now in the process of unchecking exactly what happened.
“We don’t know what the substance is. We did some initial research. We know the risk is low, so as I mentioned before, anyone in direct contact with the body should seek medical attention if they feel unwell, but there is no greater risk to others.
The body was found on Kilburn Avenue, Shevington, in rough terrain between neighboring houses which leads to a dirt road and open fields.
Police have urged anyone with information about the incident to contact the force. Members of the public can report information to police via LiveChat or by calling 101 quoting incident number 000910 of 25/11/2022.