Police believe the local community holds the key to solving a murder inquiry launched after a man's body was found in a burnt-out stolen car in Lanarkshire.

Rafak Michal Lyko, 36, was discovered exactly one year ago inside a black Mercedes on Greenhall Park in Blantyre. 

The Mercedes GLE his body was emerged to have been stolen from Oxgangs Road in Edinburgh two weeks before his murder. 

It was confirmed that Lyko had been on holiday from Poland to visit family residing in the Tayside area. His body was discovered just two days after he arrived in Scotland

Police Scotland launched a murder inquiry, and over the last year have been piecing together his las movements prior to his death, as well as the movements of the car he was found in.

Two men, aged 23 and 19, were arrested last week in connection with Mr Lyko's death and later released without charge.


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Now, Police Scotland are re-appealing to the public for information. 

Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Jamieson, of the East Major Investigation Team, said: "One year may have passed but we are still determined as ever to track down Rafal's killer.

"Our enquiries continue to establish why he was found in such horrific circumstances in Blantyre.

"At around 7.30pm on Monday, 11 February, Rafal appears to have been in the Blairbeth area of Rutherglen, as was the black Mercedes GLE.

"His body was then discovered within the car in Greenhall Park, Blantyre, around 7.45pm.

"I am very keen to speak to anyone who may have seen Rafal or the black Mercedes GLE in the Blairbeth area of Rutherglen or in the vicinity of Greenhall Park around 7.45pm and may have seen a car being driven at speed following the murder.

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"We are being thorough in our enquiries to piece together the last known movements of Rafal.

"As always, I continue appeal to anyone with information on Rafal's whereabouts on 11 February or who may have seen the stolen Mercedes, no matter how small or insignificant they think it might be.

"It has been one year since Rafal was murdered and any piece of information could be vital to our investigation and may help us complete the bigger picture.

"I believe there are people in the community who know who is responsible for this murder.

"I would urge you to come forward. I can assure you that any information you provide will be treated with the utmost confidence.

"His family have been left devastated by his death and they deserve answers. We are determined to trace the person or persons responsible and bring them to justice.

"Police Scotland recently set up the Major Incident Public Portal which is a website that gives members of the public access to a form so they can send information direct to the major incident teams based at the Scottish Crime Campus."

Anyone with information is urged to contact police via 101, quoting reference 3663 of February 11, 2019.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.