DETECTIVES probing the murder of a Sunderland man are trying to trace a taxi driver who may hold vital information.
David Wilson was found dead inside an address in Southwick Road at just after 11.10am on Sunday.
Today, police issued a picture of the 49-year-old, who was from the Hetton area, as they continue their investigation.
A 34-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of his murder has been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Police are appealing for witnesses to a mugging that happened in the Southwick Green area, which they believe could be linked, and are urgently trying to trace a taxi driver.
Officers were called at 4.18am on Sunday by a man had said he had been mugged near to the Post Office cash machine.
Minutes earlier, it is believed the victim flagged down a cabbie, who stopped to speak to him.
Police believe he could have information to help them with their inquiries and are keen for him to come forward.
They have also released CCTV footage from the area which shows the mugging victim and another man at the cash machine at around 4:09am on Sunday. It also shows another person using the cash machine at around 4.17am.
Det Ch Insp Christina Barrett, of Northumbria Police, said: “Inquiries into the incident are ongoing and we are focusing on a mugging that was reported to have happened in the area of Southwick Green sometime between 3.30am and 4.15am on the Sunday morning.
“We are looking into whether or not it is linked in someway to the murder of David Wilson and we really need help from the public and the people in Southwick.
“The footage shows there were people in the area around the Post Office ATM and we really need to identify and speak to them about what happened there.
“I’d urge local residents, taxi drivers, or anyone who was in the area on Sunday morning and who might have seen or heard anything to contact us with information as soon as possible.
“If anyone recognises the people in the images, perhaps from the distinctive red hat or clothing, then I’d also ask them to get in touch and pass any information on to police.”
Anyone who recognises the men, or anyone with any information, can contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 583 14/12/14 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.