Police have launched a murder inquiry following the discovery of a man’s body in Bridge of Weir on Monday afternoon.

The man has been named as Darryl Fitch, 43 from Paisley and his relatives have been informed.

Darryl Fitch

Around 7.45pm on Monday evening Darryls body was recovered from Locher Water near to Crosslee Road, Bridge of Weir.

A post mortem examination has been carried out and officers are now treating the death as murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Boyd, the officer leading the enquiry, said today:

“Around 7.45pm on Monday evening, the body of Darryl Fitch, a 43 year-old man from Paisley, was discovered in a stretch of the River Gryffe, known as Locher Water, near to Crosslee road, Bridge of Weir.

“Following a post mortem examination it was discovered that Mr Fitch had sustained a violent assault and his death is now being treated as murder.

“Mr Fitch was believed to have been camping or fishing in the area with a friend since Friday the 10 July. The friend, a 37 year old man from Paisley, had also sustained an injury and is currently in hospital receiving treatment.

“Investigations are continuing but right now I do not know if the death of Mr Fitch and the injury this man suffered are connected.

“I need the public’s help to build up a picture of Mr Fitch’s movements between Friday the 10 and Monday the 13 July. Who he was with, who he met?

“I also need help from any of the local community or passing visitors to Locher Water between Friday and Monday.

“The area is popular with joggers, cyclists and families enjoying the water and surrounding pathways and I am appealing to anyone who was in that area between those dates to come forward.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who was in the area camping or fishing or who knows of anyone who may have been camping or fishing in this area during this time.

“We have an incident room established at Govan Police Station and an incident caravan positioned near to the point where Mr Fitch was found. Officers are also in and around that area.”

Enquiries carried out so far have revealed that Mr Fitch may have been camping in that area since Friday.

Forensic officers are carrying out a search of the area and officers are also checking if CCTV images from in and around that area can provide any further information.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at Paisley Police Office on the non-emergency number, 101. Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.A body of a man has been found in a river in Bridge of Weir.