Police have made significant progress with their investigations into the disappearance of Briton Steven Weare, according to lawmen.
Sources close to the investigation told Barbados TODAY law enforcement officials were close to positively identifying the body discovered at Melverton, St George in the early hours of Friday morning, believed to be the missing 49-year-old car dealer from Lancashire, England.
Additionally, Barbados TODAY understands that police are questioning three individuals as they continue the probe.
The case has grabbed the headlines in Kirkham, a small town of just over 7,000 people in the northwest of England, where Weare was Director of Fylde Motor Company.
One media outlet, the Blackpool Gazette quoted a spokesman for Lancashire police as saying that the constabulary there was aware of the situation in Barbados, including that fact that a body had been discovered.
Additionally, the BBC has reported that police here were questioning a number of people over the Brit’s disappearance.
“Police investigating the disappearance of Steven Weare have discovered the body of a white male in a remote part of the island. At the moment, we are waiting for positive identification. We are speaking to a number of persons of interest in connection with the case,” the BBC quoted Police Public Relations Officer Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss as saying.
The BBC has also revealed that the Foreign Office has been supporting the family who have been informed of the police’s latest discovery.
Police here had last week appealed for information on Weare’s whereabouts, saying they were giving the matter their “full attention”.
Weare, who had been staying at Newcastle Plantation in St John, went missing on August 23. He was last seen in the car park of Burger King at University Drive, Black Rock, at the time driving his silver Mitsubishi Warrior pick up registration number J-4000.
At the time of his disappearance he was said to be wearing a white, short sleeve button down linen shirt, royal blue chinos pants, and similar coloured pair of loafers.
It is understood that Weare was a regular visitor to Barbados and his family had bought a property here several years ago. It is believed he imported luxury vehicles during his time here.
Meantime, Inniss told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that lawmen were still treating the Weare as a missing person since there has been no official positive identification of the body discovered in St.George.
However, he said in this case, parallel investigations were being conducted.