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St Ives Body: Colleagues Pay Tribute

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4:47pm 10th September 2014

Colleagues say a scientist whose body was found floating in the sea off St Ives say he was 'valued' and will be 'deeply missed.'

Police are urging anyone who might have seen Dr Nigel Veitch before his death to come forward.

The 49 year old from Ascot who worked at Kew Gardens was brought to shore by fishermen last Monday.

A Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew spokesperson said: "We are deeply saddened by Dr Nigel Veitch's death.

"Dr Veitch was a valued colleague and friend to many at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and an outstanding scientist.

"He was a gifted plant chemist with a long-standing interest in flavonoid chemistry. In 2003 his specialist research into the flavonoid chemistry of legumes was recognised by The American Society of Pharmacognosy Foundation with the Jack L. Beal Award. He also made a key contribution as the phytochemistry expert to the series Genera Orchidacearum, the final volume of which was published earlier this year. He was well known across the organisation for his musical talent and led the Kew choir at the annual staff Christmas carol service.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues."

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Police have confirmed that the body of a man recovered from the North Cornish coast on Monday 1st September is that of 49 year old Dr Nigel Veitch from Ascot, Berkshire.

"Police are appealing for information and would like to hear from anyone who may have seen Dr Veitch in the West Cornwall area between midday Sunday 31st August and Monday 1st September.

If you have any information, please call 101 quoting police reference number EN145640/14."

4:47pm 10th September 2014

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