Bid to piece together last days of man whose body was found

DETECTIVES are appealing for helping in piecing together the final movements of a Canadian man whose body was found in a canal.

The body of Anthony Muise, 53, was found in the water near Trafford Park in Manchester on 24 February. A post mortem concluded he died from a single puncture wound to the chest.

Mr Muise was gay and is known to have socialised in various gay communities, including Manchester's Gay Village and in Edinburgh.

He also spent time in London and Ripon, North Yorkshire.

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His death is being treated as currently unexplained and a team of detectives have been working to establish what happened.

Orginally from Thornbury, Ontario, Canada, Mr Muise arrived in Britain in June 2009 and spent seven months travelling around the UK, staying in various hostels and hotels.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Chadwick, of GMP's Major Incident Team, said: "We've had a team of detectives working on this case, but Anthony's final movements and friendships have remained elusive.

"We know that he had visited several towns and cities across England and Scotland since he arrived in Britain for an extended holiday last June.

"We are aware that Anthony inherited a significant amount following the death of his mother in 2004 and he used this money to finance his travels.

"What we don't know is exactly who he met and spent time with while here in the UK. We know he visited a number of gay communities, including here in Manchester and in Edinburgh. He spent Christmas and New Year in Edinburgh.

"He died from a puncture wound to the chest and we are keeping an open mind about how he came to be injured.

"We do know he had told family and friends in the months before his death that he believed he had some kind of degenerative condition and he did intimate that he may harm himself. His family and friends just want your help in putting the final pieces together in this jigsaw."

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call GMP's Major Incident Team on 0161 856 1722 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.