The detective leading the hunt for the brutal killer of pizza delivery driver Thavisha Lakindu Peiris in Sheffield today admitted the police have got no leads.
And, at the moment, she said: “We don’t have any positive leads in terms of who is responsible.”
But police predicted the killer was ‘most likely someone local to the area’.
Sheffield Hallam University graduate Thavisha - who was working his last ever shift before starting a new career in IT - was murdered five minutes’ drive from the pizza shop where he worked on Halifax Road.
The 25-year-old from Fir Vale was found dead by worried colleagues after he failed to make his last drop-off.
He was slumped in the car, alone, with the doors shut - and had suffered repeated stab wounds to his body.
Nothing in ‘hardworking, caring, genuine’ Thavisha’s private life suggests any reason someone should want him dead.
There is no known motive, no evidence of racism, and police can’t be sure Sri Lankan-born Thavisha was even robbed, as he still had cash on him and was driving his own silver Toyota Yaris rather than a marked Domino’s Pizza vehicle.
Det Supt Ray said: “We are being open minded about the motive, whether it’s a robbery gone wrong, somebody who wanted his vehicle, or a simple altercation in the area, we really don’t know.
“It is just a shocking set of circumstances.
“I can only imagine the pain his family in Sri Lanka are feeling.
“He was a very hardworking, caring, genuine young man, taken by somebody for what reason we don’t know.”
Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 quoting incident number 1,253 of October 27.
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