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Police vow to seek answers for Kelvedon man Chris May's family after body found

PUBLISHED: 17:45 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:49 22 May 2018

Police believe they have found a body belonging to the 28-year-old in Faulkbourne, near Witham Picture: ESSEX POLICE/MAY FAMILY

Police believe they have found a body belonging to the 28-year-old in Faulkbourne, near Witham Picture: ESSEX POLICE/MAY FAMILY

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Detectives investigating the disappearance of a 28-year-old man have found a body three years after he vanished - and have vowed to seek answers for his grieving family.

When Chris May was reported missing on May 25, 2015, police searched his home in Kelvedon in connection with his disappearance Picture: SU ANDERSONWhen Chris May was reported missing on May 25, 2015, police searched his home in Kelvedon in connection with his disappearance Picture: SU ANDERSON

Authorities are trying to piece together the very last moments of Chris May, from Kelvedon, after senior officers announced a body had been found in their search for him.

Last weekend a member of the public reported finding a body in woodland in Faulkbourne – just a few miles from where Mr May’s car was found abandoned in Troy’s Chase, Fairstead, three years ago.

Chris May, from Kelvedon, was 28 when he was reported missing Picture: ESSEX POLICEChris May, from Kelvedon, was 28 when he was reported missing Picture: ESSEX POLICE

He was last seen at his father’s home address in Coggeshall on May 25, 2015.

Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings, who is leading the investigation into Mr May’s disappearance, said: “I strongly believe the body which has been found is Chris May, 28, from Kelvedon.

A large police presence was seen around the home of Chris May in Kelvedon after he vanished in 2015 Picture: SU ANDERSONA large police presence was seen around the home of Chris May in Kelvedon after he vanished in 2015 Picture: SU ANDERSON

“Enquiries are now being conducted to establish how he died.

“Chris’s family are continuing to receive support from a specialist family liaison officer who has worked with them since Chris went missing in May 2015.

Missing Kelvedon man Chris May Picture: ESSEX POLICEMissing Kelvedon man Chris May Picture: ESSEX POLICE

“His body was found less than a fortnight before the third anniversary of his disappearance.”

A post-mortem carried out on the body, which was forensically recovered, was inconclusive.

Essex Police released a map of Mr May's outbound journey as part of the investigation into his disappearance. These are his suspected movements on the morning he went missing Picture: ESSEX POLICEEssex Police released a map of Mr May's outbound journey as part of the investigation into his disappearance. These are his suspected movements on the morning he went missing Picture: ESSEX POLICE

“The priority for me now is to seek answers for his family and for the coroner to piece together his very last moments,” DCI Jennings added.

“This is an extremely difficult time for Chris’ family who have asked to be given the space to grieve for him and come to terms with his body being found without intrusion.”

Mr May's car was found abandoned at Troy's Chase in Fairstead shortly after he disappeared Picture: ESSEX POLICEMr May's car was found abandoned at Troy's Chase in Fairstead shortly after he disappeared Picture: ESSEX POLICE

On the first anniversary of Chris’ disappearance, police confirmed they were no longer treating his case as a missing person inquiry.

Chiefs launched a murder investigation after announcing they no longer expected to find him alive.

Chris May, who went missing three years ago Picture: ESSEX POLICEChris May, who went missing three years ago Picture: ESSEX POLICE

Further questions were raised after hoax letters were sent to police suggesting the authors had information about Mr May’s whereabouts.

Detectives had previously revealed that the 28-year-old was a known drug dealer.

Anyone with information about Mr May’s last movements in May 2015 is asked to call the North Major Investigation Team on 101.

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