Update regarding Osney Mead incident

Human remains located at Osney Mead scene - Oxford

Thames Valley Police and Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service and Urban Search and Rescue specialists, who have been working at the site of an explosion in Osney Mead, have located human remains.

A search of the area in Gibbs Crescent started at 10am today (18/2) and those involved subsequently found the human remains this afternoon.

The process of recovering the deceased person is under way.

Ch Supt Andy Boyd, Silver Commander, from Thames Valley Police, said: “Forensic identification procedures will have to take place to identify the deceased person which will take some time due to the nature of the incident. Our thoughts remain with everyone who has been affected by this incident.”

Emergency services were called at 4.45pm on Tuesday (14/2) following reports of an explosion, a fire and the collapse of a property.

On Thursday (16/2) the Force issued a public appeal for Guido Schuette, aged 48, who was unaccounted for and was believed to have died during the incident. His family has been informed of the latest development today and are continuing to be offered support from officers.

A multi-agency response is ongoing at the site. Detectives, fire investigators and crime scene investigators are continuing work to determine the cause of the incident.

Gibbs Crescent will remain closed until further notice.