Tributes paid to “caring and skilful” cancer doctor found dead in Old Buckenham

Police are appealing for information to trace missing Old Buckenham man Nadeera De Silva. ANL-160803-113700001
Police are appealing for information to trace missing Old Buckenham man Nadeera De Silva. ANL-160803-113700001
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Tributes have been paid to a “caring and skilful” cancer research doctor who was found dead in Old Buckenham.

Police appealed for help in tracing missing Nadeera De Silva, 34, who was last seen at his home address in the south Norfolk village on the morning of March 4.

Police are appealing for information to trace missing Old Buckenham man Nadeera De Silva. ANL-160803-113700001

Police are appealing for information to trace missing Old Buckenham man Nadeera De Silva. ANL-160803-113700001

A body was discovered by a member of the public off Doe Lane in Old Buckenham last Thursday, which police confirmed yesterday was that of Dr De Silva.

He worked as an oncologist at the MRC-Cancer Unit in Cambridge, and was a medical graduate from Gonville and Caius College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge.

A University spokesperson said on behalf of the MRC-Cancer Unit: “It is with great sadness that we hear of the unexpected death of Dr Nadeera De Silva.

“He was a caring and skilful oncologist and in the third year of his PhD was already making a great contribution to cancer research, investigating new methods for blood monitoring and treatment for cancer of the oesophagus.

He was a caring and skilful oncologist and in the third year of his PhD was already making a great contribution to cancer research, investigating new methods for blood monitoring and treatment for cancer of the oesophagus

“He was above all, a valued colleague and friend who had an open, kind and generous personality and a wonderful laugh.

“Our thoughts are with his friends and family. He will be greatly missed.”

A spokesperson for Norfolk Police said a post mortem examination had proved inconclusive, and further tests were to be carried out.

They added that officers were not treating the death as suspicious at this time, while a file will be preprared for the coroner “in due course.”