Police discovered the charred remains of Oliver Gobat on the north-east tip of the island after locals reported a blaze near his family’s luxury hotel, Piers Eady reports for London’s Mirror.
Detectives are probing the death of a top British hotel owner after his charred body was found inside a burnt-out car on a Caribbean island.
The victim – named locally as Oliver Gobat – was found in the front passenger seat of a torched Range Rover on the paradise island of St Lucia on Saturday night.
Police made the grim discovery on the Cap Estate on the north-east tip of the island after locals reported a blaze near his family’s luxury hotel.
Mr Gobat’s worried relatives reportedly raised the alarm after he failed to return home on Friday evening.
Police found the body – said to have been ‘burnt beyond recognition’ – after being called to a blaze in the Windward Hills area of St Lucia on Saturday.
Mr Gobat, whose family owns the five-star Cap Maison Resort and Spa, rubbed shoulders with celebrity guests including Amy Winehouse, Kelly Brook and her ex-fiance Danny Cipriani and Olympic decathlete Daley Thompson.
Mr Thompson paid tribute to his friend yesterday, writing on Twitter: “My love and thoughts go out to friends and family of Ollie Gobat. He was a gem and his family must have been so proud of him. RIP my friend. X”
Mr Gobat, understood to be in his late 30s, had worked with Mr Thompson to promote health and fitness at his family’s luxury 50-room hideaway perched high on cliffs overlooking the Caribbean.
Mr Gobat’s parents, Theo and Helen, created the Cap Maison estate with their three sons, Rufus, Adam and Oliver.
Police and Foreign Office would not confirm Mr Gobat’s name but a post mortem was due to be held today after which police were expected to identify him formally.
A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said: “We are aware of reports and are looking into them urgently.”.
A spokesman for St Lucia Police added: “We can’t disclose any information at the moment, we are meeting with the family soon.”
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