POLICE are still investigating what caused the death of a popular Burnley College student whose body was found in Rawtenstall.
A police patrol car made the sad discovery of Ryan Anderton’s body at 3-50 a.m. in Kay Street in the early hours of Saturday.
Paramedics were called but Ryan (18) was pronounced dead at the scene.
His mum Catrina Anderton and grandmother Nina Anderton paid a heartfelt tribute to the popular young man.
“Ryan was studying finance and accountancy at Burnley College and was hoping to go on to university next year. He was a kind hearted lad, well liked and loved by everyone who knew him.
“He will be sorely missed and forever in our hearts.”
Ryan, who lived in Rossendale and a former student of Alder Grange High School, was studying a BTEC in business and finance at Burnley College.
Police said there were no visible signs of injury to Ryan and are still trying to establish what happened on the night.
Officers have now ruled out that Ryan may have been hit by a car and are focusing their attentions on him falling out of a window in an unoccupied flat.
Senior Investigating Officer, Det. Supt Neil Hunter said: “Over the past few days we have been able to move the inquiry forward. I am now ruling out that Ryan could have been hit by a car and focusing on him falling out of a window of a nearby unoccupied flat. How and why he has fallen is unknown and we are following a number of lines of enquiry.
“This is an incredibly difficult time for Ryan’s family who understandably want to find out what has happened to him. We are keeping them informed of any developments in the case.
“I would still appeal to anyone who has information that could assist this inquiry to come forward and contact us.”
Officers are also appealing to any taxi driver that recalls picking up passengers near the Rhythm Station around 3-15 a.m. and dropping them off a short distance away in Kay Street. As a direct result of a media appeal a woman has also spoken with detectives.
Det. Supt. Gray added: “I am also still keen to speak with anyone else who may have been in the Kay Street area between 3-30 a.m. and 3-50 a.m. on Saturday morning and has not yet spoken with police.”
A Home office post-mortem examination was performed but was inconclusive so further tests will be carried out.
A 32-year-old man and 25-year-old man who were helping police with their inquiries have been released without charge.
Anyone with information can call Burnley police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.