9:51am Wednesday 1st August 2012
MYSTERY continues to surround the final moments of a cyclist who was found dead by the roadside in Kingswinford.
The body of Paul Lake, aged 47, was discovered by a motorist at 5.40pm on Sunday July 29 in Stallings Lane close to its junction with Tansey Green Road.
Mr Lake, from Wolverhampton Road, Kingswinford, was pronounced dead at the scene and crash investigators from West Midlands Police are now trying to establish the circumstances of his death.
Sergeant Chris Jones, from West Midlands Police, said: "It"s unclear what has happened and how Paul came by his injuries, and we are keen to piece together the events of Sunday afternoon.
"We believe the incident is likely to have happened shortly before he was discovered. If anyone saw what happened on or around Stallings Lane I'd encourage them to contact us."
Officers are keen to speak to anyone who saw Mr Lake, who was wearing red shorts and riding a blue mountain bike.
Lesley Roberts, chief executive of Wolverhampton Homes, where Mr Lake worked as a property supervisor, said: “We are all in a state of deep shock about the terrible and tragic loss of our colleague Paul Lake.
“Paul had worked for Wolverhampton Homes, and previously Wolverhampton City Council, for more than 20 years.
“He was an incredibly popular, well-liked and respected friend and colleague, who will be sadly missed by us all.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his partner, friends and family.”
A post mortem is due to be carried out within the next few days and the Black Country coroner has been informed.
Anyone with information should call West Midlands Police on 101.
© Copyright 2001-2014 Newsquest Media Group