A post-mortem was due to take place on Friday, after police divers recovered a man’s body from the city’s floating harbour on Thursday afternoon.
Formal identification has yet to take place, but police said they were keeping informed the family of Jason Gurgul, 33, who went missing after leaving a city centre bar at around 2.40am last Saturday.
The development comes after the recovery from water of the bodies of:
:: Deakon Wilkins, 24, from Weston-super-Mare, who went missing after leaving a nightclub on January 14 and who was found dead in the floating harbour on February 5.
:: Lewis Ball, 26, who disappeared after leaving a different nightclub on February 5 and whose body was found in the floating harbour on February 27.
:: Abdulkadir Mahamoud, 29, who was last seen alive leaving his home in the Easton area of the city on February 24 and whose body was found in the River Avon off Hotwell Road in Bristol on March 17.
Avon and Somerset Police say they have already been able to investigate the first three deaths thoroughly and they “appear to have been tragic accidents”.
But the discovery of the fourth body has prompted social media speculation that a so-called ‘Bristol pusher’ serial killer is targeting men in the city.
After the police force announced the discovery of the latest body on its Facebook page, it was inundated with more than 300 comments, many of them suggesting a serial killer was at large.
Caroline Frankcom told the police: “Isn’t it about time you stopped living in cloud cuckoo land and started investigating this properly? It’s obvious something sinister is going on! How many more innocent gents have to lose their lives before you do something about it?!!”
While Facebook user Lizzie Steele said: “I think it’s about time Avon and…