Following reports of an explosion and fire in Osney Green on Tuesday, one person remains unaccounted for at this time. (For a recent video update from the scene, click here: https://youtu.be/2J4xM39vGHQ)
We strongly believe at this time that this person is in the debris and has died, however whilst this remains unconfirmed we would ask the public to get in touch if they see a man matching the description.
We are asking members of the public to look out for Guido Schuette, aged 48. He is described as 6ft tall, heavy build, short grey hair, blue eyes. He is believed to walk with a limp and uses a crutch as well.
Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue are undertaking significant work to make the site fully safe, until this work is done Crime scene investigators, Fire investigators and dog search units cannot access the site in order to confirm that this man is deceased.
Supt Joe Kidman, Local Police Commander, said: “Our strong hypothesis is that Guido died in the fire, and we are continuing to offer support to his family at this time.
“However while our search of the scene continues and this is not confirmed, one line of enquiry within the investigation is that Guido could be missing.
“Given the circumstances of the incident, we are asking members of the public not to approach Guido but to call 999 immediately.”