Hiran Chauhan (Photo: Facebook)


AN ASIAN murder victim whose body was found in a woodland in Salford has been identified as chef Hiran Chauhan, police said on Wednesday (10).

Hiran, of Gujarati-descent, was reported missing on July 4 after he did not return home from work following a shift at El Capo restaurant.

He left work at around 10.30 pm on July 2. But he never reached home to the room he rents in a house share.

Hiren’s body was found wrapped in plastic at about 8 am on Tuesday (9) among trees off Eccles Old Road.

Police have issued an appeal for video footage in the area as they try to identify the killer.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: “A man aged 32 from the Salford area has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody for questioning.

“Shortly before 8.10am on Tuesday 9 July 2019, police were called to a wooded area close to Eccles Old Road, where it meets the junction of Brentwood, to reports that a body had been found.

“The body was found wrapped in what is thought to be plastic and a murder investigation was launched.”

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “This is a tragic and shocking incident and our most heartfelt thoughts are with Hiran’s family at what is an unimaginably difficult time.

“People in the Eccles Old Road area will continue to see an increased police presence while further enquiries are conducted.

“We have arrested a man in connection with this incident and continue to appeal for information from the public.

“We understand that this is a heinous incident and I’d like to reassure people that we have a team of highly-skilled detectives and forensics experts working on this case.

“If you noticed something suspicious or have any information that may assist our enquiries, then please get in touch as a matter of urgency.”