Chatteris man released ‘under investigation’ and second man freed with no further action as Huntingdon murder hunt continues
PUBLISHED: 10:05 08 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:05 08 February 2018
A Chatteris man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released “under investigation” by detectives hunting the killer of a 20-year-old man in Huntingdon.
Jordan Shepherd has, however, been charged with unrelated offences including possession of a taser.
Shepherd, whose home in Mayfly Close, Chatteris, was searched this week by forensic teams, is also facing charges of driving whilst disqualified, driving without insurance., possession of MDMA (ecstasy) and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.
He will make his first appearance in court today (Thu) at Cambridge.
A second man in his 20s and from Brampton who was also arrested on suspicion of murder has been released with no further action.
The police operation in Chatteris followed the discovery of the body of Sam Mechelewski, 20, in Huntingdon.
At about 1.40pm on Thursday (February 1) Sam’s body was found by a member of the public in a wooded area of Hinchingbrooke Country Park.
Detective Chief Inspector Adam Gallop said: “We believe this was a targeted attack that has sadly resulted in the death of a young man.
“We’re slowly piecing together Sam’s movements from 8pm onwards on Wednesday (January 31).
“I appeal to anyone who knows Sam and saw him that evening, or anyone who was in the park and noticed anything suspicious, to contact us as a matter of urgency.”
In a statement, Sam’s family said news of his death had led to the “the worst 24 hours of our lives. Sam will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
“Sam was no angel, but his life should not have ended this way. If anyone has information please contact the police.”
“The killing of our son at 20 years of age, when he had his whole life ahead of him is devastating.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident should call police on 101 quoting CC-01022018-0198 or visit
https://mipp.police.uk/operation/554. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Sam’s body was found in a remote part of the park - police searched the area where Sam was found, including a team using rakes.
Police have also been carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the area.
The area where Sam was discovered is at the opposite end of the park to the main entrance and closer to the A14. There is a small entrance to the park which gives access to a housing area.
A post mortem examination was conducted on Sam, who was of no fixed address, on Friday evening, but no further details have been made public about the cause of his death.