Brit dad, 29, battered to death in The Bahamas as cops launch manhunt to find killer

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“Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time”

Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman

Police in The Bahamas are searching for the killer of 29-year-old Dannie Lea, from Stoke-on-Trent, after his battered body was found in the country’s capital, Nassau last week. 

He was found with head injuries in a front garden in Eastern New Providence, according to reports. 

His death is the island nation’s 34th homicide of the year. 

Mr Lea’s former lover contacted MailOnline after she saw a picture of his dead body being circulated in the nation’s press. 

She said: “He was a kind and gentle-natured man with a young son and large family.

“The Bahamianpress online paper has disclosed various statements including that the killer was on the run.” 

A post-mortem has been set for the next few days to establish a cause of death. 

No arrests have been made at this stage. 

A spokesman for The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “Our staff are supporting the family of a British man following his death in The Bahamas, and are in contact with the Bahamian authorities. 

“Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.” 

Detective chief inspector Dan Ison, from Staffordshire Police, said: “We have not received any direct contact from the Bahamas state, however, there may be a delay due to the initial investigative response. 

“Staffordshire will liaise with HM Coroner for North Staffordshire to ensure if we need to provide support to a local bereaved family, then we are able to an provide the necessary links through our Foreign and Commonwealth Office.” 

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