Three released, one bailed after death of Colin Palmer
FRIENDS and loved ones have paid tribute to a man initially believed to have been murdered at Par.
Father of two Colin Palmer had played euchre with pals at the Carlyon Arms in St Austell before heading into town.
Emergency services were scrambled to St Marys Road shortly after 2am on Saturday after he was found unconscious in the road.
A loading driver based at Aggregate Industries' Melbur plant at Summercourt, he died in hospital.
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Initially three men and a 16-year-old were arrested on suspicion of his murder.
The youth and two men aged 21 and 19 have since been released without charge and an 18-year-old man has been bailed until November 27 pending further inquiries.
Mr Palmer's daughters, Melanie and Maria, have said he was a loving father and asked for time to grieve.
His mother Joan and sister Sharron said despite the pain they had been overwhelmed by the kind words and messages from the community. "We're astonished by how many people knew Colin. It's given us great support," they said.
Mr Palmer was a former stock car racer at Westworld Raceway near St Columb.
Within 24 hours of his death, more than 2,000 people had visited a page set up in his memory on social networking site Facebook, leaving hundreds of messages expressing grief and sympathy.
Long-time friend Malcolm Hildersley, 58, said: "I loved him to bits. Everyone is in deep shock and I can't believe a great friend has gone like that.
"Colin was a lovely man and I am gutted.
"He loaded the trains and lorries. I remember him telling me how he'd loaded the gravel used for the concrete at the Olympic Stadium."
Floral tributes have been growing daily at the scene of the incident, a collection for a wreath has begun in the pub and locals are considering placing a plaque on the wall of the pub as well as dedicating a trophy in his memory.
Detective Inspector Stuart Ellis, from the major crime investigation team, said: "We are aware a number of rumours have been circulating locally about Mr Palmer's death and we can confirm no weapon was used in the incident."
Officers have asked anyone who was in the area of Robins Close, St Marys Road, in Biscovey between midnight and 2am on Saturday to call them on 101 quoting the reference GW/13/666.