Daniel Young was in the second day of his new job
A man found stabbed to death in the morning rush hour on Tuesday (January 19) in Kendor Gardens, between Merton Park and Morden, has been named as university lecturer Daniel Young.
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after 30-year-old Mr Young was found with stab wounds in the Park, which is between Dorset Road and Sandbourne Avenue.
A 26-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder, after initially being arrested on suspicion of wasting police time, has since been bailed to return to a South London police station in early March pending further enquiries.
Police had been called by the London Ambulance Service to reports of an injured man at 8.07am. An air ambulance attended the scene, but Mr Young was pronounced dead.
It is understood he was heading for his second day in a new job as a teaching fellow at Coventry University's London campus. He previously been the General Manager of the Antoinette Hotel in Wimbledon Broadway for many years.
A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 21 January, at St George's Hospital.
Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons, who is leading the investigation, said: "Although we are in the early stages of our investigation this appears to be unprovoked attack on a man that was simply going about is daily business.
"We believe that at the time of the incident Daniel was heading towards the station and was on his way into work.
"The stabbing occurred during the rush hour period and there would have been a number of commuters in the vicinity making their way to and from the nearby underground stations and tram stops.
"I am appealing for anyone who may have seen the stabbing or the events leading up to the incident to get in contact with us.
"I believe that suspect would have entered and exited Kendor Gardens via Dorset Road and Kenley Road. From which direction they entered and exited has yet to be established.
"I would like to hear from anyone who was in or around the Kendor Gardens area between 7.50am and 8.15am who can help with establishing the movements of the suspect."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the incident room on 0208 721 4961 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 FREE.
January 20, 2016