West Yorkshire Police (WYP) are appealing for help in tracing three men after the body of a man from Ashton was found in an abandoned car in a remote part of Huddersfield.
The body of Najeebullah Nekzad, 19, was discovered inside a grey coloured Fiat Punto at 11:10am on Saturday 31 August following reports of a car being abandoned the day before. It’s thought the car had been left at the location for several days before.
A post-mortem revealed that Mr Nekzad died from neck injuries.
Mr Nekzad’s death is currently being treated as unexplained and officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward to help in the investigation.
Two men aged 35 and 18 from the Manchester area have been arrested on suspicion of murder and been released under investigation.
WYP have now released photos of three potential witnesses they want to try and trace to help with their investigation.
Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs from the Protective Services (Crime) team, said: “I need to know happened to Najeebullah. He was a young man with his life ahead of him and I am making a direct appeal for information about what happened to him.
“That is why today I am releasing a photo of three men I want to speak to as potential witnesses about what happened.
“They could hold vital information and not even realise the significance of it. I need them to pick up the phone and call.
“They were in the area between 0950am and 1010am on Wednesday 28 August. They were in a white coloured Vauxhall Grandland (pictured) and got out of the vehicle to take pictures of the old Nont Sarah’s Hotel. They parked up at 0955am and left at 0958am in the direction of Denshaw.
“The body was left in a very remote spot – there isn’t much around so it is likely you would remember if you were in the area and had reason to stop.”
Police have also released images of four other vehicles they’d like to speak to: a white Mercedes (possibly E class), a red Vauxhall (possibly a Zafira), a white car-derived van (make unknown) and an unknown car – possibly a Honda.
Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs said: “We want to speak to the drivers of those vehicles or any passengers inside as again they may hold important information about what happened.
“The road is often used by people commuting to and from the Manchester area for work purposes or for other day-to-day activities.
“I specifically want to speak to the people in those cars or anyone else who was driving in the area and particularly anyone with dash cam footage – even if it appears insignificant it could greatly assist our enquiries.”
Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting log 438 of 30 August.