Police have named the man who died in a park in Pitsea on Monday night.

Police confirmed that Aydin Eldeniz, 28, from Basildon was discovered collapsed by dog walkers in Northlands Park, near Felmores at around 5.20pm.

After finding Mr Eldeniz, a reported seven police cars, paramedics and an air ambulance rushed to a field near to the lake in Northlands where Mr Eldeniz was found.

Emergency services treated Mr Eldeniz at the scene, however, he sadly died in Northlands Park.

Following a post mortem examination carried out on Tuesday December 19, Essex Police have said that he suffered a single stab wound to the chest.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Investigations into Mr Eldeniz’s death are continuing and we are exploring a number of lines of enquiry.

“While we are still investigating the possibility someone is responsible for this death, we’re also looking at the possibility that Mr Eldeniz’s wound was self-inflicted.

“I still need people who were in the park between 3.30pm and 5.30pm to come forward and talk to us if they haven’t already. In particular we’re looking to trace a man stood near to the ambulance when it arrived.

“We need to speak to anyone who has CCTV which overlooks the park or covers the route Mr Eldeniz is most likely to have taken.

“This includes properties in Nelson Road, Chalk End at the junction with Ashlyns, Chestnuts at the junction with Ashlyns, those adjacent to Northlands Park on Parkside, and those at Littlebury Green.

“Mr Eldeniz was of dual English and Turkish heritage, 5ft 11ins tall of medium build, with short black hair and a medium length black beard.

“He was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a flat cap.

“If you saw him or have any footage which may help our investigation, I need you to call us.”

No arrests have been reported following the death of Mr Eldeniz.

Chief Inspector Sam Smith, District Commander for Basildon, said: “I completely understand that this incident will have caused concern among people who live in the area and regularly use the park but I want to reassure them they are safe.

“This is a low crime part of Basildon and incidents of violent crime there are rare. Since the beginning of April we have seen virtually no knife crime in this area.

“To help our community feel safe there will be extra officers in the area today and over the Christmas period and I would urge people to continue using the park as usual.”

If you have any information about this incident please call us on 101 or email scd.appeals.essex@essex.pnn.police.uk.

Alternatively please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.