Can forensic experts solve mystery of 'Sudbury bones' victim?
- Credit: Archant
Forensic experts are still trying to shed light on the identity of a suspected murder victim after human remains were discovered in a Sudbury river nearly 18 months ago.
Suffolk police said the force is continuing to work with "a number of specialist providers" after two black bin bags containing human bones were found in the River Stour, near Meadow Gate and Croft Bridge, on August 27, 2020.
A murder investigation was launched but a post-mortem examination was not able to establish a cause of death or any form of identification.
Officers did reveal that the victim was a man, probably of "athletic or muscular build", and have since established through specialist forensic work that he was likely to be aged in his late 50s to early 60s and was around 5ft 6in tall.
Radiocarbon dating forensic work was also able to reveal that the victim likely died sometime between 2008 and 2012.
A small amount of additional human remains were recovered from the river a week after the bags were found, and DNA testing confirmed that they were from the same person as the original discovery.
DNA checks revealed the victim did not match with anyone on the UK's missing person database, and an inquest into the death was adjourned in November 2020 as the man had not been identified.
Last year, police said more than 1,400 people have been spoken to as part of the investigation, with 1,140 statements or reports taken.
A 26-year-old man from Sudbury was arrested in connection with the discovery on May 25, but he was released under investigation.
Suffolk police said the force is also following "a number of lines of enquiry" as investigations continue.
- 1 14 players that could solve Town's left-sided problem
- 2 Man dies after being found unresponsive in Sudbury river
- 3 'We're blown away' - Classic car show visits care home after roadworks setback
- 4 Community sadness after death of man who was found in river
- 5 Former Suffolk poultry farm site could be converted into homes
- 6 Historic former pub with permission to convert into homes set for auction
- 7 'New-look' Aldi store set to reopen in Sudbury, creating additional jobs
- 8 Bent names Town stars among his best-ever team-mates
- 9 Man left with head injury after attack in seaside town
- 10 Boy, 14, arrested after serious sex attack in Suffolk town is released
A spokesman for Suffolk police said: “The investigation into the discovery of the human remains is ongoing and Suffolk police continue to work with a number of specialist forensic providers to try and establish the identity of the victim and their ancestral ethnicity.
"Officers are also continuing to follow a number of lines of enquiry around the circumstances leading to the deposition of the remains in the river in August 2020.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Suffolk police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.