13-year-old Carson Price was found dead in a park near Caerphilly
Police say it may take some time to establish the cause of death of a 13-year-old boy near Caerphilly.
Carson Price was found unconscious in Ystrad Mynach Park last Friday and died later at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
Officers say their enquiry does focus on illegal drugs being a contributing factor.
Superintendent Nick McLain, from Gwent Police, said: "At this moment, we don’t want to rush to any conclusions about the circumstances of how this happened. This is a difficult time for Carson’s family and friends, school friends and for the community of Ystrad Mynach.
"That said, we are aware that there has been a lot of speculation about the cause of death in the media and on social media which I feel it is important to address.
"At this moment, we are still awaiting official medical confirmation about how Carson died, which may take some time. Until then we cannot confirm that taking drugs caused Carson’s death. What we do know, tragically, is that Carson died in the public park and our enquiry does focus on illegal drugs being a contributing factor.
"Our enquiries to date have indicated that drugs were supplied prior to him visiting the park and as a result, our investigation is broader than Ystrad Mynach and our enquiries are extended throughout the Caerphilly borough area. We are particularly interested in Carson’s movement prior to him visiting the park that night.
"I believe, somebody, somewhere, sold illegal drugs to Carson and other people in the area will know who that person was. We will not tolerate this in Gwent. The supply of drugs can ruin people’s lives and we ask residents that if they have any information regarding these suppliers, please contact us immediately.
"I want to encourage people to talk about what has happened. You may have a teenage child that wants to talk, for example – and we all need to make sure they are given the confidence to come forward.
"We are in regular contact with Carson’s school, Lewis Boys to ensure there is support for the children. This must have been a frightening time for those children at the park that evening and we also need to make sure we look after them.
"Ystrad Mynach Park is a busy park, that families enjoy and I want to encourage residents to continue to use it. Like many parks, we’ve received reports of anti-social behaviour and large congregations of children and our Neighbourhood Policing Team along with partner agencies have worked tirelessly to keep it safe.
"Parks should be safe, children and families should feel safe when they visit and parents should feel safe when they know their children are at the park with friends. This is a tragic death that should never have happened.
"No arrests have been made as yet but our investigation team are following many lines of enquiry.
"We are keeping the Police and Crime Commissioner fully briefed with the developments of this case.
"If you can help, please call us on 101 quoting log 523 12/4/19 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."